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The range of ambient radius for an active bubble in sonoluminescence and sonochemical reactions

Yasui, K, Tuziuti, T, Lee, J, Kozuka, T, Towata, A and Iida, Y (2008) The range of ambient radius for an active bubble in sonoluminescence and sonochemical reactions Journal of Chemical Physics, 128 (18).

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Numerical simulations of nonequilibrium chemical reactions inside an air bubble in liquid water irradiated by ultrasound have been performed for various ambient bubble radii. The intensity of sonoluminescence (SL) has also been calculated taking into account electron-atom bremsstrahlung, radiative attachment of electrons to neutral molecules, radiative recombination of electrons and ions, chemiluminescence of OH, molecular emission from nitrogen, etc. The lower bound of ambient radius for an active bubble in SL and sonochemical reactions nearly coincides with the Blake threshold for transient cavitation. The upper bound is in the same order of magnitude as that of the linear resonance radius. In actual experiments, however, the distribution of ambient radius for active bubbles may be narrow at around the threshold ambient radius for the shape instability. The threshold peak temperature inside an air bubble for nitrogen burning is higher than that for oxidant formation. The threshold peak temperatures depend on ultrasonic frequency and acoustic amplitude because chemical reactions inside a bubble are in nonequilibrium. The dominant emission mechanism in SL is electron-atom bremsstrahlung except at a lower bubble temperature than 2000 K, for which molecular emissions may be dominant.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Chemical and Process Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Chemical and Process Engineering
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Date : 26 May 2008
Identification Number : 10.1063/1.2919119
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2008 American Institute of Physics.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Aug 2016 13:20
Last Modified : 15 Aug 2016 13:20

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