Sonoluminescing Air Bubbles Rectify Argon

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

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Abstract

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 languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1359-1362
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume78
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • IR-50311

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Lohse, D., Brenner, M. P., Dupont, T. F., Hilgenfeldt, S., & Johnston, B. (1997). Sonoluminescing Air Bubbles Rectify Argon. Physical review letters, 78(7), 1359-1362. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.78.1359