A streak camera with high spatial and temporal resolution was used for imaging the dynamics of the violent collapse in single-bubble sonoluminescence. The high pressure in the last phase of the bubble collapse leads to the emission of a shock wave, which is launched with a shock velocity of almost 4000 m/s. The shock amplitude decays much faster than . From the strongly nonlinear propagation the pressure in the vicinity of the bubble can be calculated to be in the range of 40–60 kbar.
- Received 3 August 1999
- Published in the issue dated 7 February 2000
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