Sonoluminescing air bubbles rectify argon

Detlef Lohse, Michael P. Brenner, Todd F. Dupont, Sascha Hilgenfeldt, Blaine Johnston

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The dynamics of single bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) strongly depends on the percentage of inert gas within the bubble. We propose a theory for this dependence, based on a combination of principles from sonochemistry and hydrodynamic stability. The nitrogen and oxygen dissociation and subsequent reaction to water soluble gases implies that strongly forced air bubbles eventually consist of pure argon. Thus it is the partial argon (or any other inert gas) pressure which is relevant for stability. The theory provides quantitative explanations for many aspects of SBSL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1359-1362
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 17 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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