Inside a Proton Particle • Animated 3D Science Illustration • 2021
From a distance, a proton appears to be made out of three particles called quarks. But look closer, and a sea of particles pops in and out of existence.
Read about it at Quanta: https://tinyurl.com/qm-proton-sea
Proton particle. Although the structure is not clearly visible here, I follow physicist Sabine Hossenfelder's advice for proton models: https://tinyurl.com/sh-proton
Stills of the proton's inner "sea". I love the iridescent, rainbow-in-shower effects happening here.
A project like this takes a lot of R&D — tons of test files! Here's one of the alt. "sea" visuals I really liked, but ultimately this method wasn't right for the results I wanted, so I scrapped it.
Another "inner maelstrom" test.