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Provides an up-to-date and timely introduction and overview of the field Offers the first book ever on the topic Provides a useful reference text for graduate courses on physical acoustics or ultrasonics Although first witnessed in the 1930s, sonoluminescence has recently created a stir in the physics community. The mystery of how a low-energy-density sound wave can concentrate enough energy in a small enough volume to cause the emission of light is still unsolved. The first sourcebook on single bubble luminescence, Sonoluminescene is a comprehensive account of the subject from its discovery in 1934 to the present day. The author discusses the multiple theories that have been put forward to explain sonoluminescence, the uses of sonoluminescence, suggestions for future work, and experimental aspects of the topic. Applications include fluid physics, acoustics, pipelines, ultrasonics, and sonochemistry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849324390
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

How the book is organized
History of sonoluminescence
Bubble dynamics
Acoustic cavitation

Dependence of multibubble sonoluminescence on various factors
Spectra from multibubble sonoluminescence
Light from hydrodynamic cavitation
Light from agitated mercury
Light from collapsing glass spheres

Production of a single sonoluminescing bubble
Measurement of the bubble motion - Mie scattering
Bubble dynamics of single bubble sonoluminescence
Influence of argon on stable sonoluminescence
Ambient radius
Spectra from single bubble sonoluminescence
Sonoluminescence pulse width
Effect of reduction of ambient pressure on single-bubble sonoluminescence
Single-bubble sonoluminescence in microgravity
Evidence for nuclear reactions in sonoluminescence
Single cavitation bubble luminescence
Harmonic enhancement of single bubble sonoluminescence
Period doubling in sonoluminescence
Vortex rings and particle drift in sonoluminescence
Boosting single bubble sonoluminescence with a drop of glycerine in water
Single bubble sonoluminescence in air-saturated water

The triboluminescence theory
The electrical microdischarge theories
The mechanochemical theory
The chemiluminescent theory

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