How Microwaving Grapes Makes Plasma

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"


  1. Veritasium


    3 meses atrás

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

    • Melissa Miller

      Melissa Miller

      3 dias atrás

      The secret of fission energy?

    • Edwin Rydberg

      Edwin Rydberg

      20 dias atrás

      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

      21 dia atrás

      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

      21 dia atrás

      microwave pyramid magnets - you will not believe what you see

  2. Santa Claus

    Santa Claus

    Hora atrás

    Who else was watching and didn't understand anything

  3. Ender Star

    Ender Star

    4 horas atrás

    This dude lost me at grape.

  4. Mark Donald

    Mark Donald

    5 horas atrás

    But why did this need researching?

  5. JouriTube


    5 horas atrás

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

  6. raenu


    7 horas atrás

    is this why they did the surgery?

  7. 404


    9 horas atrás

    they did surgery on a grape

  8. The Least in the Kingdom

    The Least in the Kingdom

    9 horas atrás

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

  9. tired shinigami

    tired shinigami

    10 horas atrás

    if i do this will my microwave break??

  10. Maky


    12 horas atrás

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

  11. Saturn314x


    12 horas atrás

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

  12. yosser hughes

    yosser hughes

    15 horas atrás

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

  13. Neel Pandya

    Neel Pandya

    18 horas atrás

    halo confirmed

  14. Informed Optimist

    Informed Optimist

    18 horas atrás

    Someone should try this with a big bowl of grapes.

  15. Kathy L

    Kathy L

    23 horas atrás

    How long do the microwaves stay in the grape?

  16. Golden Blop

    Golden Blop

    Dia atrás


  17. patrick oviatt

    patrick oviatt

    Dia atrás

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

  18. Ill Cobra llI

    Ill Cobra llI

    Dia atrás

    5:50 😂😂😂

  19. J LD

    J LD

    Dia atrás

    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.

  20. kurwitz


    Dia atrás

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

  21. Kras Silver Fang

    Kras Silver Fang

    Dia atrás

    I thought the thumbnail were 2 dragon balls

  22. SteveVi0lence


    Dia atrás


  23. Saijin Jien

    Saijin Jien

    Dia atrás

    Now check out Grapes shape inside cells formation .

  24. Faith M.

    Faith M.

    Dia atrás

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

  25. lightless


    Dia atrás

    "WHOOOOOAHHH WHOS NEEDS DRUGS" lol best line ever

  26. 866Infernus


    2 dias atrás


  27. Logan Taylor

    Logan Taylor

    2 dias atrás

    woah who needs drugs

  28. TheNikonSevast


    2 dias atrás

    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.

  29. jonnyutsa1


    2 dias atrás

    Thanks for showing again science is cool & fun :)

  30. Biggie Oatmeal

    Biggie Oatmeal

    2 dias atrás

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

  31. Mjackro gaming

    Mjackro gaming

    2 dias atrás

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

  32. Sponge .

    Sponge .

    2 dias atrás

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

  33. Tom Poynton

    Tom Poynton

    2 dias atrás

    Are you on American Idol?

  34. Rishi Ramkissoon

    Rishi Ramkissoon

    2 dias atrás

    wow mind blown!

  35. A McConnell

    A McConnell

    2 dias atrás

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

  36. Adi Abdillah

    Adi Abdillah

    2 dias atrás

    *_they did microwaving on two grapes_*

  37. HalfAnon


    2 dias atrás

    POTUS Trump speaking of bright students from abroad NO longer have to return to their home coutries due to no jobe offer in the US. i sincearly hope these young men get to do want they want in their lives and become winners on the winning tema! #WWG1WGA #QAnon #Promises Made - Promises Kept

  38. Stop it

    Stop it

    2 dias atrás

    Compensation for vsause

  39. rich bagley

    rich bagley

    3 dias atrás

    Can gas pressure exist without a container?

  40. Ed Me

    Ed Me

    3 dias atrás

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

  41. Siam Islam

    Siam Islam

    3 dias atrás

    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?

  42. Luis Celedon

    Luis Celedon

    3 dias atrás

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

  43. Victor Brandao

    Victor Brandao

    3 dias atrás

    So can I make plasma with my testicles? Sweet.

  44. Davis Johnson

    Davis Johnson

    3 dias atrás

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

  45. Phil Swift

    Phil Swift

    3 dias atrás

    This is why they surgery on grape

  46. Crazy Crab

    Crazy Crab

    3 dias atrás

    They did microwaving on grapes.

  47. Terron Vawter

    Terron Vawter

    3 dias atrás

    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.

  48. Narendran & My Creations

    Narendran & My Creations

    3 dias atrás

    Why does Veritasium sound like PewDiePie ?

  49. Really Random

    Really Random

    3 dias atrás

    right I'm off to buy some grapes

  50. Kenny 03

    Kenny 03

    3 dias atrás

    will this blow up my microwave if i try it

  51. Henry Reinhart

    Henry Reinhart

    3 dias atrás

    The wonders from our Creator-Savior do not cease.

  52. Dr.Detail


    3 dias atrás

    Wow, that’s incredible

  53. Eric Schmerbach

    Eric Schmerbach

    3 dias atrás

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

  54. Hardik Dhanak

    Hardik Dhanak

    3 dias atrás

    Is the microwave usable after the experiment?

  55. ToxicWyvern1


    3 dias atrás

    They made plasma *WITH A GRAPE*

  56. Levi Thorstone

    Levi Thorstone

    3 dias atrás

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

  57. Ông bố 36 tuổi

    Ông bố 36 tuổi

    4 dias atrás

    Thật kinh ngạc

  58. james kush

    james kush

    4 dias atrás

    why does the scientist-man looks s crazy

  59. Ceon Heck

    Ceon Heck

    4 dias atrás

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



    4 dias atrás

    Hi. Can I get hamza khattak contact or email?

  61. Chris Dawe

    Chris Dawe

    4 dias atrás

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

  62. Phil Weatherley

    Phil Weatherley

    4 dias atrás

    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?

  63. marvin marvin

    marvin marvin

    4 dias atrás

    Great power for my flux capacitor

  64. GLR


    4 dias atrás

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

  65. Mic Krout

    Mic Krout

    4 dias atrás


  66. Charles McMillion

    Charles McMillion

    4 dias atrás

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

    • Vanncio Lumins

      Vanncio Lumins

      3 dias atrás

      Wait, this is beyond illegal

  67. Ericstheguy


    4 dias atrás

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

    • Ericstheguy


      4 dias atrás

      around the same, just to clarify lol.

  68. Schtuperfly


    5 dias atrás

    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.

  69. RevAldea


    5 dias atrás

    Very Informatively cool to watch and learn by it!

  70. Alfie Sandiego

    Alfie Sandiego

    5 dias atrás

    Nobody: BR-channel Recommended: How microwaving grapes makes plasma

  71. Chris 'something'

    Chris 'something'

    5 dias atrás

    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

      2 dias atrás

      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.

  72. 200 ok

    200 ok

    5 dias atrás

    MMMMMMMM *peep* حياياثخيم *peep* Fljsveu *peep*

  73. Rahul Joseph

    Rahul Joseph

    5 dias atrás

    2:22 *Pink Guy?!*

  74. Dziurawe Wodery

    Dziurawe Wodery

    5 dias atrás

    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 !

  75. Mike Sidebottom

    Mike Sidebottom

    5 dias atrás

    try a milk dud it makes lightning in the microwave

  76. David Macdonald

    David Macdonald

    6 dias atrás

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

  77. Starstream


    6 dias atrás

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

  78. Zachariah M. Baird

    Zachariah M. Baird

    6 dias atrás

    Woah! Who needs drugs‽

  79. Zachariah M. Baird

    Zachariah M. Baird

    6 dias atrás

    1:25 so orbeez?

  80. Jenny Fisher

    Jenny Fisher

    6 dias atrás

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

    • Eric Schmerbach

      Eric Schmerbach

      4 dias atrás

      lets find out

  81. Jan-Tore Skålnes

    Jan-Tore Skålnes

    6 dias atrás

    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?

  82. VJMisterCocoon


    6 dias atrás

    DU..... ;b

  83. First Last

    First Last

    6 dias atrás

    Microchip the size of nanometers... oh no

  84. Steven Schofield

    Steven Schofield

    6 dias atrás

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

  85. Lon Willis

    Lon Willis

    6 dias atrás

    MIcrowave ovens are banned in Russia

  86. Lon Willis

    Lon Willis

    6 dias atrás

    Raw chicken eggs should do the same thing.

  87. Davy Cornell

    Davy Cornell

    6 dias atrás

    Does this destroy your microwave or can I do this !?

  88. Davy Cornell

    Davy Cornell

    6 dias atrás

    Why does 5his guy look so familiar?

  89. mikolavision


    6 dias atrás

    hella cool !

  90. Paul Anup

    Paul Anup

    6 dias atrás

    Will the experiment work if the grapes have seeds?

  91. STRS


    6 dias atrás

    You foolish.... The microwaves are converted into electric current inside the grapes. Try it with some 1000-1500V electrodes at the ends of the grapes and i bet you'll have the same results!

  92. * ##*

    * ##*

    6 dias atrás

    5:49 who needs drugs!

  93. AMVaddictionist


    6 dias atrás

    Ok but if I do this at home am I putting my microwave at risk?

  94. Coffee Bear

    Coffee Bear

    6 dias atrás

    Grape seeds are a pycnogenol, which fights carcinogens. RF radiation is carcinogenic.

    • April Johnson

      April Johnson

      6 dias atrás

      That's right. it makes sense. Great comment

  95. sonycans


    6 dias atrás

    Just who paid these people to come up with such findings to have it published in a journal?!?! I just saw world starvation being eliminated....

  96. Rogit sudarsan

    Rogit sudarsan

    6 dias atrás

    ok could u achieve fusion with it??????

  97. Sheraawrr 200

    Sheraawrr 200

    6 dias atrás

    Wait wait wait,,do u know what u just did?,,if u can achieve 2nm light wv u can basically revolutionarise the microscopy field of science and we can now examine 2nm organelles while alive,instead of dead through a TSM

  98. Elmar Christen

    Elmar Christen

    6 dias atrás

    Hi Veritasium, I did a Plasma with the smoke of a burning match. Any idea how the explain that? Link to the video: (titles in German - sorry for that)

  99. charmaine poynter

    charmaine poynter

    6 dias atrás

    ………………...are you married, lol?

  100. Karl Munford

    Karl Munford

    6 dias atrás

    Can this be used to separate water into its two combustive compounds of Hydrogen and Oxygen to fuel engines? It really bugs me that billions are pumped into dangerous fusion energies to _'save the planet'_ while nothing is invested into technologies like this that very would circumvent them to produce clean and safe electricity. It is almost as though there are some out there who would use _'global warming'_ to corner the market on energy, they having controlled the source of energy for the masses while forwarding a world order.

    • Karl Munford

      Karl Munford

      5 dias atrás

      +Tyler Romero Thanks for the correction for if _'fission'_ was the process that resulted in Fukushima and Chernobyl, then that is the term I should have used and thus meant.

    • Tyler Romero

      Tyler Romero

      5 dias atrás

      +Karl Munford do you mean fission? Because both those accidents are fission related. Fusion can't have radioactive byproducts not at the level we can achieve it now or in the near future anyways.

    • Karl Munford

      Karl Munford

      5 dias atrás

      ​+Tyler Romero Maybe I need to define my statement a little. Not the fusion of two lumps of ice cream by the midday sun, but rather the fusion of atomic nuclei bringing about the possibility thereafter of such incidents as seen in Fukushima and Chernobyl.

    • Tyler Romero

      Tyler Romero

      5 dias atrás

      What do you find dangerous about fusion?

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