Single-bubble sonoluminescence: creating a star in a jar

Webb, S. M. and Mason, N. J. (2004). Single-bubble sonoluminescence: creating a star in a jar. European Journal of Physics, 25(1) pp. 101–113.



Single-bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) is the art of trapping a micrometre-sized bubble within a standing acoustic field and driving it to emit light. Recently, there has been a burgeoning amount of research performed in this field. This paper aims to give the reader a succinct account of the current state of the theory and a description of a simple experimental set-up which may be used to achieve SBSL within a water-filled flask in any teaching laboratory.

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