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The Timing of the Main and Secondary Flashes of Sonoluminescence from Acoustically Cavitated Water

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The phases of the sound pressure cycle at which the main and secondary flashes of sonoluminescence are emitted from water cavitated acoustically at 14 and 23 kHz have been determined. These results imply that the bubble nuclei grow to between 0.5 and 1.0 of their resonant size before undergoing the transient type cavitation, which is responsible for the emission of light: a simple model of cavitation dynamics is used to prove this. The secondary flash is attributed to a bubble rebound. Descriptions are also given of other aspects of cavitation activity including the occurrence and timing of shock waves emitted from the imploding bubbles. Suggestions for further work are outlined.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 1970

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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