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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2001
  • pp: 575–577

Sonoluminescence: nature’s smallest blackbody

G. Vazquez, C. Camara, S. Putterman, and K. Weninger  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 9, pp. 575-577 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.26.000575


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Abstract

The transduction of sound into light through the implosion of a bubble of gas leads to a flash of light whose duration is delineated in picoseconds. Combined measurements of spectral irradiance, Mie scattering, and flash width (as determined by time-correlated single-photon counting) suggest that sonoluminescence from hydrogen and noble-gas bubbles is radiation from a blackbody with temperatures ranging from 6000 K (H2) to 20,000 K (He) and a surface of emission whose radius ranges from 0.1 µm (He) to 0.4 µm (Xe) . The state of matter that would admit photon–matter equilibrium under such conditions is a mystery.

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OCIS Codes
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.2140) Spectroscopy : Emission
(300.6170) Spectroscopy : Spectra
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

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G. Vazquez, C. Camara, S. Putterman, and K. Weninger, "Sonoluminescence: nature’s smallest blackbody," Opt. Lett. 26, 575-577 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-26-9-575

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