Water temperature dependence of single bubble sonoluminescence

Sascha Hilgenfeldt, Detlef Lohse, William C. Moss

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The strong dependence of the intensity of single bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) on water temperature observed in experiment can be accounted for by the temperature dependence of the material constants of water, most essentially of the viscosity, of the argon solubility in water, and of the vapor pressure. The strong increase of light emission at low water temperatures is due to the possibility of applying higher driving pressures, caused by increased bubble stability. The presented calculations combine the Rayleigh-Plesset equation based hydrodynamical/chemical approach to SBSL and full gas dynamical calculations of the bubble’s interior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1332-1335
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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