Gas Flow of a Blowtorch with Schlieren Imaging

When you start a blowtorch, for example to caramelize a crème brûlée just before serving the dessert, you can hear the gas flowing, a little click and after the ignition of the gas, the flame glows blue. With Schlieren imaging and CAVILUX laser illumination you can see the whole process literally in a new light. Small ripples characterize the gas flow before ignition. A shockwave that is visible reveals the ignition spark which you hear as the click. Once the gas starts burning the gas flow pattern changes.

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