Why air bubbles in water glow so easily

Michael P. Brenner, Sascha Hilgenfeldt, Detlef Lohse

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Sound driven gas bubbles in water can emit light pulses (sonoluminescence). Experiments show a strong dependence on the type of gas dissolved in water. Air is found to be one of the most friendly gases towards this phenomenon. Recently, \cite{loh96} have suggested a chemical mechanism to account for the strong dependence on the gas mixture: the dissociation of nitrogen at high temperatures and its subsequent chemical reactions to highly water soluble gases such as NO, NO$_2$, and/or NH$_3$. Here, we analyze the consequences of the theory and offer detailed comparison with the experimental data of Putterman's UCLA group. We can quantitatively account for heretofore unexplained results. In particular, we understand why the argon percentage in air is so essential for the observation of stable SL.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear physics of complex systems
Subtitle of host publicationcurrent status and future trends
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-70699-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-61734-1
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Physics


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