Sonoluminescence light emission

Sascha Hilgenfeldt, Siegfried Grossmann, Detlef Lohse

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Siegfried Grossmann. Single bubble sonoluminescence is not an exotic phenomenon but can quantitatively be accounted for by applying a few well-known, simple concepts: the Rayleigh-Plesset dynamics of the bubble's radius, polytropic uniform heating of the gas inside the bubble during collapse, the dissociation of molecular gases, and thermal radiation of the remaining hot noble gas, where its finite opacity (transparency for its own radiation) is essential. A system of equations based on these ingredients correctly describes the widths, shapes, intensities, and spectra of the emitted light pulses, all as a function of the experimentally adjustable parameters, namely, driving pressure, driving frequency, water temperature, and the concentration and type of the dissolved gas. The theory predicts that the pulse width of strongly forced xenon bubbles should show a wavelength dependence, in contrast to argon bubbles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1318-1330
Number of pages13
JournalPhysics of fluids
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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