Robert Mettin: abstract JASA2f

Two-frequency driven single-bubble sonoluminescence

D. Krefting, R. Mettin, and W. Lauterborn

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


Sonoluminescing single bubbles driven simultaneously by two harmonic frequencies were recently reported to increase the maximum light output up to a factor of 3 with respect to single mode excitation. In this paper, we present experimental and numerical results on single bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) in an air/water system using the fundamental mode of 25 kHz and the second harmonic at 50 kHz. The region of light emission is mapped in the three-dimensional parameter space spanned by the two driving pressure amplitudes and their relative phase. We find good agreement between measured light output, maximum bubble radius, and stability boundaries and the numerical model which is based on spherical bubble oscillations regarding diffusive and shape stability. An enhancement factor of the maximum brightness up to 2.5 with respect to single mode SBSL is observed. However, long-term measurements reveal great variation of the emission at fundamental mode driven SBSL and of the boost factor reached with two frequencies. The overall brightness maxima of both excitation methods within a period of several hours turn out to show little difference.

J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 112, 1918-1927 (2002).

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