What happens when you place a CD in the microwave?

Fascinating photos of microwaved cds. These fractal patterns remind me of the recent BBC articles of scars from getting struck by lightning ! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23621324

Antony Hall

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This what happens when you place a CD in the microwave for around 1-3 seconds. No more or else it might catch on fire. There is a light show of sparks and the smell of burning plasma. Its also interesting to try a DVD. The patterns occur due to the thin aluminium layer vaporizing between the plastic, plenty of information out there, including this comprehensive study with a few more ideas to experiment with…

Temporal and Spatial Aspects of Microwave Excitation of Compact Disks
http://raptor.physics.wisc.edu/wacky/cd/

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