Molecular and atomic emission during single-bubble cavitation in concentrated sulfuric acid

David J. Flannigan, Kenneth S. Suslick

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Abstract

Concentrated acid solutions have been reported to produce bright light emission during cavitation. Single-bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) from sulfuric acid (H 2SO 4) is much brighter than SBSL from water by over three orders of magnitude when both are regassed with Ar. In contrast to water, SBSL spectra of concentrated H 2SO 4 contain extensive atomic, molecular, and ionic emission revealing details about intracavity physical conditions and chemical processes. Observation of specific emitters coupled with detailed studies of the temporal emission of the emitters relative to one another and to the overall bubble oscillation will lead to a much more detailed understanding of SBSL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-161
Number of pages5
JournalAcoustic Research Letters Online
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2005

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