Communication: Bubbles, crystals, and laser-induced nucleation

Brandon C. Knott, Jerry L. Larue, Alec M. Wodtke, Michael F. Doherty, Baron Peters

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Short intense laser pulses of visible and infrared light can dramatically accelerate crystal nucleation from transparent solutions; previous studies invoke mechanisms that are only applicable for nucleation of ordered phases or high dielectric phases. However, we show that similar laser pulses induce CO2 bubble nucleation in carbonated water. Additionally, in water that is cosupersaturated with argon and glycine, argon bubbles escaping from the water can induce crystal nucleation without a laser. Our findings suggest a possible link between laser-induced nucleation of bubbles and crystals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number171102
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 7 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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