Mie scattering from a sonoluminescing air bubble in water

W. J. Lentz, Anthony A. Atchley, D. Felipe Gaitan

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A single bubble of air in water can emit pulses of blue-white light that have durations of less than 50 ps while it is oscillating in an acoustic standing wave. The emission is called sonoluminescence. A knowledge of the bubble diameter throughout the cycle, and in particular near the time of sonoluminescence emission, can provide important information about the phenomenon. A new Mie scattering technique is developed to determine the size of the bubble through its expansion and collapse during the acoustic cycle. The technique does not rely on an independent means of calibration or on accurate measurements of the scattered intensity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2648-2654
Number of pages7
JournalApplied optics
Issue number15
StatePublished - May 20 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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