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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2001 Mar;63(3 Pt 2):035301. Epub 2001 Feb 13.

Single-bubble sonoluminescence from noble gases.

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National Industrial Research Institute of Nagoya, 1-1 Hirate-cho, Kita-ku, Nagoya 462-8510, Japan.


Single-bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) from noble gases in water is studied theoretically in order to clarify the reason of the distinguished feature that the luminescence is strong for all noble gases, while the other systems of cavitation luminescence are greatly enhanced by the presence of the heavy noble gas(xenon). It is clarified that in spite of the larger thermal conductivity of lighter noble gases the maximum temperature in a SBSL bubble of lighter noble gases is higher due both to the segregation of water vapor and noble gas inside a SBSL bubble and the stronger acoustic drive of a SBSL bubble of lighter noble gases.


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