Inert gas accumulation in sonoluminescing bubbles

Detlef Lohse, Sascha Hilgenfeldt

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In this paper we elaborate on the idea [Lohse et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 1359-1362 (1997)] that (single) sonoluminescing air bubbles rectify argon. The reason for the rectification is that nitrogen and oxygen dissociate and their reaction products dissolve in water. We give further experimental and theoretical evidence and extend the theory to other gas mixtures. We show that in the absence of chemical reactions (e.g., for inert gas mixtures) gas accumulation in strongly acoustically driven bubbles can also occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6986-6997
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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