Thursday, June 8, 2017
Polyacrylamide Polymer Vanishing Act - PHYSICS
These spheres of hydrophilic polymer have an almost identical index of refraction as that of water- thus when submersed they become invisible. Note the elasticity of these spheres from the way they bounce, while at the same time they refract their surroundings as a spherical lens. The super absorbent spheres start as 1.5mm hard crystals and grow to 10mm when immersed in water for an hour or so.
Video source for the gif via physicsfun