How Microwaving Grapes Makes Plasma

  • Published on Feb 18, 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"

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  • Veritasium
    Veritasium  3 months ago +4213

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

    • Melissa Miller
      Melissa Miller 5 days ago

      The secret of fission energy?

    • Edwin Rydberg
      Edwin Rydberg 23 days ago

      I can't be the only one who sees this could be used in terrorist applications as a trigger for homemade explosives. Or is that just because I'm an SF writer?

    • Nicholas Brown
      Nicholas Brown 24 days ago

      We barely can get the new 7 nanometer process done for computer processors - and he said this is a method that could be used for a 2 nanometer process! What companies are trying this or messing with this? I believe Intel is trying to use ultraviolet light right now for future processors.

    • Nicholas Brown
      Nicholas Brown 24 days ago

      microwave pyramid magnets - you will not believe what you see

  • Pataganja
    Pataganja 4 hours ago +1

    Why you didn’t even microwave the grape. 😔

  • PantherCreekLife
    PantherCreekLife 7 hours ago

    Think more efficient solar cells.

  • TheMrgoodmanners
    TheMrgoodmanners 11 hours ago

    No i dont feel like i got it but i did enjoy it hahaa

  • Nathan Lodge
    Nathan Lodge 23 hours ago

    can you do this for humans?

  • Rizzy Playzz
    Rizzy Playzz Day ago +1

    The thumbnail looks like a dick....

  • Trickster!Nepeta and Alice in Wonderland Fandom :3

    Why don’t you just put grapes in the microwave and eat them hot babe-y

  • Novalone
    Novalone Day ago

    Can this damage the microwave?

  • R.E T.
    R.E T. Day ago

    I've seen similar things with onions,only more combustible.

  • Pop Corn
    Pop Corn Day ago

    Let me know when you figure out how to significantly speed up the process of a making a fine wine from said grapes.

  • Flint Zeraphim
    Flint Zeraphim Day ago

    I'm talking about getting the grapes hot, baybeee.

  • Robert George
    Robert George Day ago

    Interesting potential for propulsion applications...hmmm

  • aoeu256
    aoeu256 Day ago

    Nuclear fusion...?

  • kesakhan
    kesakhan Day ago


  • Artie person guy

    I didn't understand it, but I'm still going to microwave a grape.

  • Rex Rocks
    Rex Rocks Day ago

    I have melted a glass jug ( accidentally)

  • Parcke075
    Parcke075 Day ago

    "Wow. That's interesting ; I haven't thought of it that way."
    Me: "But, you just did". Haha!
    To me brings the question of gow ling does the microwave energy stays trapped in the grape or any food? What happens if residual microwave energy is still in the food and you consume it, how does it affect your DNA?
    Our bodies do not resonate by microwave, at least not constantly, naturally at all.

  • Santa Claus
    Santa Claus 2 days ago

    Who else was watching and didn't understand anything

  • Ender Star
    Ender Star 2 days ago

    This dude lost me at grape.

  • Mark Donald
    Mark Donald 2 days ago

    But why did this need researching?

  • JouriTube
    JouriTube 2 days ago

    i kno gun control is still a high debate topic but we might want grape.controll while we can

  • raenu
    raenu 2 days ago

    is this why they did the surgery?

  • 404
    404 2 days ago

    they did surgery on a grape

  • The Least in the Kingdom

    Do you weld with MIG or TIG? Neither, I use GRAPE welds.

  • tired shinigami
    tired shinigami 2 days ago +2

    if i do this will my microwave break??

  • Maky
    Maky 2 days ago +1

    So now I just need a portable microwave which allows for rapid fire and I'll finally have my irl Plasma gun

  • Saturn314x
    Saturn314x 2 days ago

    They did surgery on a grape.
    They studied on a grape.
    They made plasma from a grape.
    They were confused because of a grape.

  • yosser hughes
    yosser hughes 2 days ago

    good way to harness energy,. no put them in a battery . now we have super strong batteries.

  • Neel Pandya
    Neel Pandya 3 days ago

    halo confirmed

  • Informed Optimist
    Informed Optimist 3 days ago

    Someone should try this with a big bowl of grapes.

  • Kathy L
    Kathy L 3 days ago

    How long do the microwaves stay in the grape?

  • Golden Blop
    Golden Blop 3 days ago


  • patrick oviatt
    patrick oviatt 3 days ago

    considering it's parity issue, I wonder what 2 1.2 cm balls of cobalt-60 would do.

  • Ill Cobra llI
    Ill Cobra llI 3 days ago

    5:50 😂😂😂

  • J LD
    J LD 3 days ago

    0:27 - You have not got a friend. Dr Steve Bosi is just you with glasses on. This is the weakest disguise since Superman and Clark Kent.

  • kurwitz
    kurwitz 3 days ago

    so grapes will be the ammunition of my X-Wing Starfighter

  • Kras Silver Fang
    Kras Silver Fang 4 days ago

    I thought the thumbnail were 2 dragon balls

  • SteveVi0lence
    SteveVi0lence 4 days ago


  • Saijin Jien
    Saijin Jien 4 days ago

    Now check out Grapes shape inside cells formation .

  • Faith M.
    Faith M. 4 days ago

    Do cherry tomatoes also explode? They're about the same size as grapes and wet inside too

  • lightless
    lightless 4 days ago +1

    "WHOOOOOAHHH WHOS NEEDS DRUGS" lol best line ever

  • 866Infernus
    866Infernus 4 days ago

    microwaves be like:

  • Logan Taylor
    Logan Taylor 4 days ago

    woah who needs drugs

  • TheNikonSevast
    TheNikonSevast 4 days ago

    I recently discovered that blueberries and raspberries can spark in the microwave while thawing them for my cereal. I wonder if the grape phenomena was similarly stumbled upon.

  • jonnyutsa1
    jonnyutsa1 4 days ago

    Thanks for showing again science is cool & fun :)

  • Biggie Oatmeal
    Biggie Oatmeal 4 days ago

    I tried a lemon and apple in a microwave, it burned the opposite sides touching

  • Mjackro gaming
    Mjackro gaming 4 days ago +2

    1:10 is it just me or does Pablo Bianucci look like Robert Downy Jr.

  • Sponge .
    Sponge . 4 days ago

    Crazy how the science behind microwaving grapes could lead to faster computers

  • Tom Poynton
    Tom Poynton 4 days ago

    Are you on American Idol?

  • Rishi Ramkissoon
    Rishi Ramkissoon 4 days ago

    wow mind blown!

  • A McConnell
    A McConnell 4 days ago +7

    6:42 "So, in terms of, like, applications of this research ... what do you think?"
    Scientist: Umm ... two nanometer resolution lithography.

  • Adi Abdillah
    Adi Abdillah 4 days ago

    *_they did microwaving on two grapes_*

  • HalfAnon
    HalfAnon 5 days ago

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  • Stop it
    Stop it 5 days ago

    Compensation for vsause

  • rich bagley
    rich bagley 5 days ago

    Can gas pressure exist without a container?

  • Ed Me
    Ed Me 5 days ago

    Could this make a better light bulb by focusing the light?

  • Siam Islam
    Siam Islam 5 days ago

    so were those stationary waves at the points of two grape interactions? and if the amplitude of the wave becomes higher will it effect us if standing close by the oven?

  • Luis Celedon
    Luis Celedon 5 days ago

    Who thinks the guy at 3:02 looks like Robert Downey jr

  • Victor Brandao
    Victor Brandao 5 days ago

    So can I make plasma with my testicles? Sweet.

  • Davis Johnson
    Davis Johnson 5 days ago

    try it with banana slices, maybe the potassium will make bigger plasma

  • Phil Swift
    Phil Swift 5 days ago +1

    This is why they surgery on grape

  • Crazy Crab
    Crazy Crab 5 days ago

    They did microwaving on grapes.

  • Terron Vawter
    Terron Vawter 5 days ago

    I have done this same thing by accident with two moist hotdogs touching in the microwave. It even leaves little black burn marks where the sparks interacted.

  • Narendran & My Creations

    Why does Veritasium sound like PewDiePie ?

  • Really Random
    Really Random 5 days ago

    right I'm off to buy some grapes

  • Kenny 03
    Kenny 03 5 days ago

    will this blow up my microwave if i try it

  • Henry Reinhart
    Henry Reinhart 5 days ago

    The wonders from our Creator-Savior do not cease.

  • Dr.Detail
    Dr.Detail 5 days ago

    Wow, that’s incredible

  • Eric Schmerbach
    Eric Schmerbach 5 days ago

    why is it sometimes just some sparks but also sometimes those flowing waves of plasma

  • Hardik Dhanak
    Hardik Dhanak 6 days ago

    Is the microwave usable after the experiment?

  • ToxicWyvern1
    ToxicWyvern1 6 days ago

    They made plasma


  • Levi Thorstone
    Levi Thorstone 6 days ago

    Dose it matter on the kind of grab white or red and what about wine or grape juice

  • Ông bố 36 tuổi
    Ông bố 36 tuổi 6 days ago

    Thật kinh ngạc

  • james kush
    james kush 6 days ago

    why does the scientist-man looks s crazy

  • Ceon Heck
    Ceon Heck 6 days ago

    I know yall thought these grapes were Dragon Balls for a sec

    FARID KHAN 6 days ago

    Hi. Can I get hamza khattak contact or email?

  • Chris Dawe
    Chris Dawe 6 days ago

    Be careful how many you microwave, or you''ll suffer The Wrath of Grapes!

  • Phil Weatherley
    Phil Weatherley 6 days ago

    You got an effect at 120Hz - twice mains frequency? But the irradiating was at 2.4Ghz? how can that be? does the 2.4Ghz ride on the full-wave rectified mains?

  • marvin marvin
    marvin marvin 6 days ago

    Great power for my flux capacitor

  • GLR
    GLR 6 days ago

    I thought this will lead to unlimited energy.... :(

  • Mic Krout
    Mic Krout 7 days ago


  • Charles McMillion
    Charles McMillion 7 days ago +2

    I'm working on a similar video: How microwaving kittens makes a plasma.

  • Ericstheguy
    Ericstheguy 7 days ago

    uh isn't that the same frequency as my wifi?

    • Ericstheguy
      Ericstheguy 7 days ago

      around the same, just to clarify lol.

  • Schtuperfly
    Schtuperfly 7 days ago

    I live next to a micro wave tower, have grape sized eye balls and have developed cataracts. Could you convince a jury I deserve 50 million dollars? For a fee of course.

  • RevAldea
    RevAldea 7 days ago

    Very Informatively cool to watch and learn by it!

  • Alfie Sandiego
    Alfie Sandiego 7 days ago

    TVclip Recommended: How microwaving grapes makes plasma

  • Chris 'something'
    Chris 'something' 7 days ago +3

    This explains alot in other areas/fields/applications as applying the same principle of electromagnetics. 2 things come to mind.
    1. Balls of lights aka earthquake lights. Espicially when in conjuction with CME waves passing the magnetosphere. Or the plate boundries/faults.
    2. (Reading between the lines) This Really illustrates the dangers of 5G (millimeter wave lengths), as the waves shorten thru medium/organic material (aka human body!) From 16cm down to around 1cm... possibly 1/16th of millimeter... think about it.♨🔥📵🚨
    Something to ponder:
    Sweat glands, nerves etc.
    Great video.

    • robert winton
      robert winton 4 days ago

      Exactly. The human body works on extraordinarily complex electrical signals and chemical reactions that nobody fully understands. The people who designed the Titanic are long gone, but their spirit lives on.

  • 200 ok
    200 ok 7 days ago +1


  • Rahul Joseph
    Rahul Joseph 7 days ago

    2:22 *Pink Guy?!*

  • Dziurawe Wodery
    Dziurawe Wodery 8 days ago

    This video left me speechless for like 10 minutes. Mainly due to the fact, that only now we fully understand what is happening on YT vid from several years ago. This and some of Destins vids just overload my brain, in a good way. I have no background in any kind of science btw so big thanks for showing me in detail how the world works !

  • Mike Sidebottom
    Mike Sidebottom 8 days ago

    try a milk dud it makes lightning in the microwave

  • David Macdonald
    David Macdonald 8 days ago +5

    OMG! "WoW! Who needs Drugs!" LMAO!

  • Starstream
    Starstream 8 days ago

    it's 2019, Scientist using all kind of future equipment BUT can't buy a good microphone!!!!!

  • Zachariah M. Baird
    Zachariah M. Baird 8 days ago +2


    Who needs drugs‽

  • Zachariah M. Baird
    Zachariah M. Baird 8 days ago +1

    1:25 so orbeez?

  • Jenny Fisher
    Jenny Fisher 8 days ago

    Does that mean if I microwave enough grapes they would come together as plasma and undergo nuclear fusion and form a grape star?

  • Jan-Tore Skålnes
    Jan-Tore Skålnes 8 days ago

    Hi. I have a question to this episode: I have seen the same effect myself with a different set up. If you place a burning match in the microwave oven the same happens. How is this explained?

  • VJMisterCocoon
    VJMisterCocoon 8 days ago

    DU..... ;b

  • First Last
    First Last 8 days ago

    Microchip the size of nanometers... oh no

  • Steven Schofield
    Steven Schofield 8 days ago

    imagine if in the Enterprise instead of warp its grapes.... replicate some grapes!! we need more plasma for the warp engines!!