Controlled Cavitation in Microfluidic Systems

Ed Zwaan, Severine le Gac, Kinko Tsuji, C.D. Ohl

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We report on cavitation in confined microscopic environments which are commonly called microfluidic or lab-on-a-chip systems. The cavitation bubble is created by focusing a pulsed laser into these structures filled with a lght-absorbing liquid. At hte center of a 20 mu m thick and 1 mm wide channel, pancake-shaped bubbles expand an collapse radially. The bubble dynamics compare with a two-dimensional Rayleight model and a planar flow field during the bubble collapse is measured. When the bubble is created close to a wall a liquid jet is focused towards the wall, resembling the jetting phenomenon in axisysmmetry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254501-1-254501-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2007


  • IR-59147
  • EWI-11858
  • METIS-239769

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