Evidence for Gas Exchange in Single-Bubble Sonoluminescence

Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 865 – Published 26 January 1998
Thomas J. Matula and Lawrence A. Crum


In this Letter we describe measurements of the light emission evolution for single-bubble sonoluminescence. In particular, we show that the evolution of intensity for an air bubble depends on whether or not the bubble has previously been in a steady sonoluminescence state. Our results provide strong experimental evidence in support of the recent hypothesis that an air bubble undergoing single-bubble sonoluminescence in water transitions to an argon bubble.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.80.865

  • Received 6 August 1997
  • Published in the issue dated 26 January 1998

© 1998 The American Physical Society

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Thomas J. Matula and Lawrence A. Crum

  • Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, 1013 NE 40th Street, Seattle, Washington 98105

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