Robert Mettin: abstract Exp. Therm. Fluid Sci. AVTZWKLML02

Dynamics of laser-induced cavitation bubbles

I. Akhatov(*), N. Vakhitova(*), A. Topolnikov(*), K. Zakirov(*), B. Wolfrum, T. Kurz, O. Lindau, R. Mettin, and W. Lauterborn

(*) Institute of Mechanics,
Ufa Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Karl Marx Str. 6, Ufa 450000, Russia

Drittes Physikalisches Institut, Universität Göttingen,
Bürgerstraße 42-44, D-37073 Göttingen, Germany


Single cavitation bubble luminescence induced by laser in contrast to single bubble sonoluminescence has no need in a sound field for a strong collapse and for light emission. The cavitation bubbles are produced by focused laser light and make the single strong collapse. As shown experimentally, the number of emitted photons from cavitation luminescence is much greater than it was observed in sonoluminescence due to the large bubble size during the final stage of collapse. To describe the process of laser-induced bubble collapse a mathematical model is used, which is based upon the spherically symmetric motion including compressibility, heat and mass transfer effects. The basic results of the numerical solution are presented for the bubbles with maximum radii of about 1 mm. According to the observed results the minimum bubble radius in collapse is about 15 ?m, and the mass decreases up to 5% of the initial value. Calculations with a small amounts of noncondensable gas inside the bubble predict its strong influence on the dynamics. As shown numerically the theoretical model gives a good agreement with experimental measurements.

Exp. Therm. Fluid Sci. 26, 731-737 (2001).

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