Effect of Temperature on the Life of Soap Bubbles, and Their Solidification at Low Temperature

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Science  19 Aug 1966:
Vol. 153, Issue 3738, pp. 894-895
DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3738.894


Soap bubbles (also films on wire frames) have been solidified at low temperatures. At~-30°C the bubbles still behave normally, that is, they can be expanded by blowing air into them and contract when the air is let out. At ~ -80°C they become glassy, have very little surface tension, and cannot be blown up any more. At ~-120°C they become completely solid. No further change is observed by cooling them to 90° or 77°K.