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Multi-bubble sonoluminescence: laboratory curiosity, or real world application?
Author(s): P. Axford; L. Lawton; P. Robertson; P. A. Campbell
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Paper Abstract

Sonoluminescence (SL) involves the conversion of mechanical [ultra]sound energy into light. Whilst the phenomenon is invariably inefficient, typically converting just 10-4 of the incident acoustic energy into photons, it is nonetheless extraordinary, as the resultant energy density of the emergent photons exceeds that of the ultrasonic driving field by a factor of some 1012. Sonoluminescence has specific [as yet untapped] advantages in that it can be effected at remote locations in an essentially wireless format. The only [usual] requirement is energy transduction via the violent oscillation of microscopic bubbles within the propagating medium. The dependence of sonoluminescent output on the generating sound field's parameters, such as pulse duration, duty cycle, and position within the field, have been observed and measured previously, and several relevant aspects are discussed presently. We also extrapolate the logic from a recently published analysis relating to the ensuing dynamics of bubble 'clouds' that have been stimulated by ultrasound. Here, the intention was to develop a relevant [yet computationally simplistic] model that captured the essential physical qualities expected from real sonoluminescent microbubble clouds. We focused on the inferred temporal characteristics of SL light output from a population of such bubbles, subjected to intermediate [0.5-2MPa] ultrasonic pressures. Finally, whilst direct applications for sonoluminescent light output are thought unlikely in the main, we proceed to frame the state-of-the- art against several presently existing technologies that could form adjunct approaches with distinct potential for enhancing present sonoluminescent light output that may prove useful in real world [biomedical] applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 September 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7030, Nanophotonic Materials V, 703012 (4 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.794199
Show Author Affiliations
P. Axford, Univ. of Dundee (United Kingdom)
L. Lawton, Robert Gordon Univ. (United Kingdom)
P. Robertson, Robert Gordon Univ. (United Kingdom)
P. A. Campbell, Univ. of Dundee (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7030:
Nanophotonic Materials V
Zeno Gaburro; Stefano Cabrini; Dmitri Talapin, Editor(s)

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