How Microwaving Grapes Makes Plasma

  • Опубликовано: 18 фев 2019
  • A bisected grape in the microwave makes plasma. But how does it work? A grape is the right size and refractive index to trap microwaves inside it. When you place two (or two halves) close together the fields interact with each other creating a maximum of electromagnetic energy where they touch. This creates heating, sparks, and plasma, which is further fed with energy directly by the microwaves.
    Huge thanks to Hamza Khattak, Prof. Pablo Bianucci and Prof. Aaron Slepkov (unavailable for the call) for chatting to me and helping me understand the physics of this cool phenomenon.
    Linking plasma formation in grapes to microwave resonances of aqueous dimers
    Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
    Donal Botkin, James M Nicholson, Michael Krugman, Nathan Hansen, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd
    Thanks also to Steve Bosi, my original plasma collaborator.
    Animations by Alan Chamberlain
    Music from "Seaweed"

Комментарии • 11 561

  • Veritasium
    Veritasium  Месяц назад +3825

    If you need help with some of the audio, turn on captions!

    • Mai Pettway
      Mai Pettway 14 часов назад

      a longitude study finally about plasma wow this can help out plasma donors?

    • Jeremy Nasmith
      Jeremy Nasmith 9 дней назад

      Captions? Are those some new form of exotic and expertly qualified ions? Like Ions that drive ships?

    • Jeremy Nasmith
      Jeremy Nasmith 9 дней назад

      +arnav raj bet that pesky matchstick company doesn't list what ingredients are in their matchheads.... But hang on, your match is already burning when you turn the microwave on, right? Likely by then any Potassium (K) etc. have all burnt up and it's the wood or paper burning.... No? Post a response vid!! Let's check your plasma from match sticks!! Cool.

    • Human Resources
      Human Resources 14 дней назад

      Aquason Was your comment supposed to read "save" or should It have been "have" ???

    • Gabriel James
      Gabriel James 15 дней назад

      I'm curious if anyone has identified any potential applications in the area of cold fusion research.

  • forestsoceansmusic
    forestsoceansmusic Час назад

    Cool. Your bouncing Silicon oil drop demonstration as a possible non-quantum explanation of the famous double-slit experiment is still my favourite. I've recommended it in the Comments section of dozens of other RU-clip videos.

  • Jernej Černigoj
    Jernej Černigoj 4 часа назад

    As is proposed in the video, the same effect is observed on a much smaller scale, with light in Silicon dimers. You can read more in these articles:

  • mr. applejuice
    mr. applejuice 6 часов назад +1

    First they do surgery on a grape and now they are making plasma out of grapes I call it grasma

  • Eric Price
    Eric Price 11 часов назад

    I’m sure this was discovered by accident. But why did someone microwave a grape to begin with?

  • Adrain mai
    Adrain mai 14 часов назад

    I hope your not eating sour grapes!

  • Dave C
    Dave C 15 часов назад


  • Brandon Moreno
    Brandon Moreno 16 часов назад

    Thought this was dragon balls

  • James Maguire
    James Maguire 17 часов назад +1

    I'm getting ready to go to the pub yet I'm here watching a video about plasma grapes that I found in my recommendations 😂😂

  • Jen Jeren Jen Jen
    Jen Jeren Jen Jen 20 часов назад

    I love all these grape puns in the comment section 😂

  • liberty 33254
    liberty 33254 22 часа назад

    Look for time alteration in/near a spheroid of in(de)finite internal reflectivity- I've been watching for this for years n years~

  • Abhinav PV
    Abhinav PV День назад

    Well that tech is the

  • Brad Curtis
    Brad Curtis День назад

    I have several La Crosse items and they all work well. However this is the first one I haven't been able to get going straight out of the box. Followed the enclosed instructions, and then watched this video to make sure I was doing the setup properly. Both batteries are making contact with the terminals, correct polarity etc. Put it out in the direct sun for approx ten hours, even moving it occasionally to make sure the solar panel was pointed directly at the sun. Ni-MH battery is not charging, no change in the battery charge indicator. Any suggestions?

  • TheMotivator
    TheMotivator День назад

    What would happen if you microwaved spheres of ice about the size of grapes?

  • Kontra Septic
    Kontra Septic 2 дня назад

    This could explain why my kidney beans explode when reheated in the microwave ...

  • DanHarkless ﴾Halloween videos, YTPs, & more﴿

    *Homer Simpson:* Mmmm, aqueous dimers...

  • Ian the Bubbian
    Ian the Bubbian 2 дня назад +1

    *They did microwave on a grape*

  • Moby
    Moby 2 дня назад

    grape transfusion needed, I’m a concord :)

  • Joyexer
    Joyexer 2 дня назад

    2019: Veritasmium explains grape plasma.
    2020: First grape plasma reactor online.

  • M̴e̴e̵p̵M̸w̶e̴e̷p̸
    M̴e̴e̵p̵M̸w̶e̴e̷p̸ 3 дня назад

    A grape flew around my microwave

  • Blaster X
    Blaster X 3 дня назад

    Any one else watched this after there article of the weak?😂

  • Crazy Gamer
    Crazy Gamer 3 дня назад +1

    One second am studying for a chem test and now am stuck watching grapes get microwaved

  • oneloveonedub
    oneloveonedub 3 дня назад


  • Kaithai Sayarath
    Kaithai Sayarath 3 дня назад

    So it's own molecular Bond traps the waves inside. Fascinating gravity working at a small scale

  • remmy100
    remmy100 3 дня назад

    Is there any danger in eating the grapes after the experiment?

  • JiminyBillyBob
    JiminyBillyBob 3 дня назад

    Is it dangerous thou?

  • Konny rollman
    Konny rollman 3 дня назад

    please japanese subtitles

  • William Dargin
    William Dargin 3 дня назад

    I remember watching the grape video on day one. I just started watching you a few days ago, again. Amazing.

  • Balloon Yoon
    Balloon Yoon 4 дня назад

    Is there a smart person who knows why the grape's index of reflection is 10????? is it like the god's fruit??

    • Balloon Yoon
      Balloon Yoon 3 дня назад

      Also, why does the index of reflection goes up in the microwave? Is it because microwaves have longer length than light?

    • Balloon Yoon
      Balloon Yoon 3 дня назад

      Veritasium thank you so much for the reply!! I have one more question, would it be possible to simulate this effect with raindrops?

    • Veritasium
      Veritasium  3 дня назад

      It’s basically water but in the microwave range, the index of refraction is 10

  • TheCaskOf43
    TheCaskOf43 4 дня назад

    They are actually explaining how a 5 G cell tower affects your brain, using a grape as an example instead of an actual human head. Just kidding......or am I? hahahahha....

  • Internet Cancer
    Internet Cancer 4 дня назад

    Now does it work with testicles

  • paulaus
    paulaus 4 дня назад

    What's the diameter of an Eyeball?

  • 永永
    永永 4 дня назад


  • adnan khan
    adnan khan 4 дня назад

    Hamza khattak u will make khattaks proud

  • Mike Sullivan
    Mike Sullivan 4 дня назад +2

    Derek, I have a question. If you dropped the grapes with specific chemicals would the same ionizing effect occur with the new chemical like with the Na & K ionizing?

    • DanHarkless ﴾Halloween videos, YTPs, & more﴿
      DanHarkless ﴾Halloween videos, YTPs, & more﴿ 2 дня назад +1

      "Dropped" as in "Dude, smoking a carrot after dropping some grapes really intensifies the experience!"...? Or perhaps you meant "doped". (Wow, the drug metaphors just don't stop!)

  • Y. Kazayaki
    Y. Kazayaki 4 дня назад

    Video starts at 04:40 you're welcome.

  • Tommy Ohlrich
    Tommy Ohlrich 4 дня назад

    What if this is how spontaneous combustion happens?

  • Captain Tittus
    Captain Tittus 4 дня назад

    This is something you don't see every day

  • Bobby Morris
    Bobby Morris 4 дня назад

    Don’t eat a plasma grape

  • OldWayArtisans
    OldWayArtisans 4 дня назад

    Which is exactly why experiments of this nature need to be taught and studied, not discouraged as "mischief". Today's "screwing around" could be tomorrow's groundbreaking discovery.

  • Uteopia
    Uteopia 4 дня назад

    DARPA has made a new advancement in plasma rifle technology, ammunition of choice GRAPES!!!!!

  • hector nolito
    hector nolito 4 дня назад

    cars n planes will soon run on grapes 🍇🍇🍇

  • Stefan Constantin Dumitrache
    Stefan Constantin Dumitrache 5 дней назад


  • UnitSe7en
    UnitSe7en 5 дней назад

    I'm gonna grape you in the mouth!

  • Dat Cat
    Dat Cat 5 дней назад +1

    But what is Plasma???

    • Mike Sullivan
      Mike Sullivan 4 дня назад

      It's kind of the 4th state of matter... solid, liquid, gas, plasma.
      Unlike the other states which don't change their chemistry plasma only happens to elements.
      Ex: water ( 1 oxygen + 2 hydrogen atoms ) can be ice, liquid water, or water vapor... solid, liquid, and gas... but you can't have water plasma... if you tried what would happen is the oxygen and two hydrogens would separate and become oxygen plasma and hydrogen plasma... and it wouldn't be water anymore.
      I hope this helps.

  • Drews Quick Fixes Ideas And Hacks
    Drews Quick Fixes Ideas And Hacks 5 дней назад

    CLICK BATE!!!!

  • Neoncat
    Neoncat 5 дней назад +2

    1999: What's the future gonna be like 2 decades from now?
    2019: Plasma Grapes

  • Angelo Afanador
    Angelo Afanador 5 дней назад

    Number 2 pencil on paper then microwave it do not put the pencil in microwave just make a few lines on the paper

  • ForeverMan
    ForeverMan 5 дней назад

    Cure for Cancer ? nahhh... lets just study why grapes makes plasma

  • Danny Betkowski
    Danny Betkowski 5 дней назад

    can't wait to buy my next TV made out of grapes

  • Inu Yasha
    Inu Yasha 5 дней назад

    I will grape your mouth!

  • Skinflaps Meatslapper
    Skinflaps Meatslapper 5 дней назад

    Wow, talk about old new...this was hashed out at least 20 years ago to my knowledge at least. The grape halves are effectively converted to dipole antennas, and since their refraction and size makes it ideal for a microwave's wavelength, they swap energy between the narrow skin connecting them as the sine wave alternates between positive and negative from one pole to the other. This massive energy transfer through a small conductive media that heats quickly (grape skin), causes it to generate plasma.
    Also, another easy way to generate plasma in a microwave if you don't have grapes, just stick a match in a small block of wood or similar to hold it vertical, light the match, then turn on the microwave. It's usually more impressive and reliable than the grape trick.

  • FORTRAN4ever
    FORTRAN4ever 5 дней назад

    Can this procedure cause damage to a kitchen microwave oven (like fore example, placing a metal object in a microwave oven while it is running)?

  • Sergio
    Sergio 6 дней назад

    I’m thinking grape-powered plasma guns

  • David Benner
    David Benner 6 дней назад

    Seeded or seedless?

  • Neil Marshall
    Neil Marshall 6 дней назад

    Sooooooo who is gonna try watermelons ???

  • Daud abu Hana
    Daud abu Hana 6 дней назад

    At last! A reason to buy a microwave!

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 6 дней назад

    Dear FBI I’m not planning to do anything just watching this for educational purposes 😐

  • Shertao Thao
    Shertao Thao 6 дней назад

    Thought it was Rowan from Viva La Dirt in the beginning

  • Towyn
    Towyn 6 дней назад +2

    i trapped my bollocks in the microwave and the same thing happened

  • Jazz B1rds
    Jazz B1rds 6 дней назад

    Thank you Canada very cool

  • Random Fandom
    Random Fandom 6 дней назад

    Have they experimented with different wavelengths and different sizes of spheres to get more details on the effect?

  • Marc Ku
    Marc Ku 6 дней назад

    how hot is grape plasma?

  • Canard708
    Canard708 6 дней назад


  • John Wright
    John Wright 6 дней назад

    Research, "Electric Universe".

  • The Faustian Man
    The Faustian Man 6 дней назад

    Those guys are a couple of grapists.

  • 7TiMeSTopS7
    7TiMeSTopS7 6 дней назад


  • yesar osman
    yesar osman 6 дней назад

    Like this video :D

  • Ujjawal Aggarwal
    Ujjawal Aggarwal 7 дней назад +2

    Why dont you do a video on pulley crowning. It is quite an counterintuitive topic. Pulley crowning is used in all machines that use flat drive belts.

  • Kilowag Magnusson
    Kilowag Magnusson 7 дней назад

    Thanks for a grape video.

  • george pitris
    george pitris 7 дней назад +1

    Does it blow up your microwave like a fork in a cup of water lol

  • mow184
    mow184 7 дней назад

    At 7:20 that looks a lot like lightning. Any connection?

  • Crystal Shognyan
    Crystal Shognyan 7 дней назад

    I'm doing this at school tomorrow

  • docgonzobordel
    docgonzobordel 7 дней назад

    Microwave a cat and now you have a bigbang.

  • spyralspyder
    spyralspyder 7 дней назад

    Works with peas and also corn kernels

  • Brart Art
    Brart Art 7 дней назад


  • David B
    David B 7 дней назад

    How long were the grapes in the microwave before they became conductive?

  • MecchaKakkoii
    MecchaKakkoii 8 дней назад +1

    Sable grapes are my favourite type. So sweet!

  • The Gaming Johnson
    The Gaming Johnson 8 дней назад

    you look like elone musk

  • What What
    What What 8 дней назад

    Can you eat it?

  • Samuel Lacavera
    Samuel Lacavera 8 дней назад

    Does this same thing happen with solar waves and the earth's core?

  • first last
    first last 8 дней назад

    This also works with Oscar Myer cheese dogs - I'm not kidding. I accidentally did the same thing one day trying to heat 2 cheese dogs up in the microwave and where they were touching it made sparks and that firey plasma. Scared the hell out of me, but it was cool, haha

  • michael
    michael 8 дней назад

    Perfect for exploding the brains of dissidents

  • Ned Riley
    Ned Riley 8 дней назад +1

    I tried this and my grape just sizzled and melted
    No plasma
    If anyone know pls comment

    • Ned Riley
      Ned Riley 8 дней назад

      Vijay Vaddi I’m only 16
      I don’t have kids

    • Vijay Vaddi
      Vijay Vaddi 8 дней назад

      Your grapes were not vaccinated, so they turned out to be shitty grapes. It's important to vaccinate your grapes. And your kids.

  • fenris8wolf
    fenris8wolf 8 дней назад +1

    Woah who needs drugs 😂

  • Jack Johnson
    Jack Johnson 8 дней назад

    It it nice finally knowing exactly why. Also, seeing the plasma(because I never went longer than a spark or two) really was amazing.
    Just imagine, "yeah I have to go refill the grape tanks for the interstellar engine."
    So the grapes aid in the process of converting energy, as well as magnifying it. I wonder what the coronation between small quantities of wine, aiding in our biological processes.
    Could that plasma creation, with the microwaves from the sun, aid in neural connections?

  • Oliver Mayo
    Oliver Mayo 8 дней назад

    New breakthrough in matter:energy conversion renders all forms of energy redundant instantly. Even the 2kg of antimatter I have painstakingly collected may as well just be poured down the sink. Instead grapes have become the densest form of energy known to man. Who needs cold fusion?

  • gt5freak
    gt5freak 8 дней назад

    So basically grapes can donate plasma just like people do! 🍇🔥💉

  • tearsdontfall14
    tearsdontfall14 9 дней назад

    But doesnt this break your microwave oven??

  • 向你祖母問好
    向你祖母問好 9 дней назад +1

    Grapes banned in Geneva convention next

  • Ryan Calvert
    Ryan Calvert 9 дней назад

    Is this why, if my hot dogs are touching they come out fused together in some spots?

  • Aaron Powell
    Aaron Powell 9 дней назад +2

    2.45ghz? Is that why my wifi connection sucks when the microwave is on?

    • mike brown
      mike brown 8 дней назад

      Yes, it is. You should check the leakage of your microwave. They all leak some, but yours may have a problem. Don't stand and stare into the inside while waiting for stuff to heat. That applies to all microwaves.

  • Alice Ramsay
    Alice Ramsay 9 дней назад

    Is this the same explanation for why baby carrots spark in the microwave?

  • William Keough
    William Keough 9 дней назад

    Use a Plantain.

  • William Keough
    William Keough 9 дней назад

    Use other fruits.

  • Comment King
    Comment King 9 дней назад

    You've discovered something truly grape. I also hope that your health is vine! 🍇😛😛😜😝

  • Evan Allaire
    Evan Allaire 9 дней назад


  • Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein 9 дней назад


  • Ahmad Chomary
    Ahmad Chomary 9 дней назад

    haha .... check what the guy says here when he gets excited 5:51

  • roygbiv330
    roygbiv330 9 дней назад +2

    ur analysis is very helpful. inside the grape, the velocity of the microwave becomes 10 times slower. so the wavelength of the wave becomes shorter. the resultant wavelength is equal to that of diameter of the grape. thats why inside the grape, a standing wave has occurred, so outside of the grape man can observe the microwave is trapped. if those two grapes are placed as far from each other as the wavelength of the microwave, an oscillation therebetween has occurred. around the contact point according to the strength of the oscillating microwave, air molecules have ionized. the ionization continues because of the supply by the electromagnetic field.