Optical pulse characteristics of sonoluminescence at low acoustic drive levels

Arakeri, Vijay H. ; Giri, Asis (2001) Optical pulse characteristics of sonoluminescence at low acoustic drive levels Physical Review E, 63 (6). No pp. given.. ISSN 1063-651X

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From a nonaqueous alkali-metal salt solution, it is possible to observe sonoluminescence (SL) at low acoustic drive levels with the ratio of the acoustic pressure amplitude to the ambient pressure being about 1. In this case, the emission has a narrowband spectral content and consists of a few flashes of light from a levitated gas bubble going through an unstable motion. A systematic statistical study of the optical pulse characteristics of this form of SL is reported here. The results support our earlier findings [Phys. Rev. E 58, R2713 (1998)], but in addition we have clearly established a variation in the optical pulse duration with certain physical parameters such as the gas thermal conductivity. Quantitatively, the SL optical pulse width is observed to vary from 10 ns to 165 ns with the most probable value being 82 ns, for experiments with krypton-saturated sodium salt ethylene glycol solution. With argon, the variation is similar to that of krypton but the most probable value is reduced to 62 ns. The range is significantly smaller with helium, being from 22 ns to 65 ns with the most probable value also being reduced to 42 ns. The observed large variation, for example with krypton, under otherwise fixed controllable experimental parameters indicates that it is an inherent property of the observed SL process, which is transient in nature. It is this feature that necessitated our statistical study. Numerical simulations of the SL process using the bubble dynamics approach of Kamath, Prosperetti, and Egolfopoulos [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 94, 248 (1993)] suggest that a key uncontrolled parameter, namely the initial bubble radius, may be responsible for the observations. In spite of the fact that certain parameters in the numerical computations have to be fixed from a best fit to one set of experimental data, the observed overall experimental trends of optical pulse characteristics are predicted reasonably well.

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