Skip to main content

How Does a Bubble Chamber Work ?


A charged particle passing through a bubble chamber produces a track of bubbles. The way in which these bubbles are produced has been a matter of some controversy. We consider the possibility that in helium and hydrogen bubble chambers the production of bubbles is primarily a mechanical process, rather than a thermal process as has often been assumed. The model we propose gives results which are in excellent agreement with experiment.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.


  1. D.A. Glaser, Phys. Rev. 87, 665 (1952).

    Google Scholar 

  2. D.A. Glaser, Phys. Rev. 91, 762 (1953).

    Google Scholar 

  3. D.A. Glaser, Nuovo Cimento 11, 361 (1954).

    Google Scholar 

  4. F. Seitz, Phys. Fluids 1, 2 (1958).

    Google Scholar 

  5. A.G. Tenner, Nucl. Inst. and Meths. 22, 1 (1962).

    Google Scholar 

  6. The dynamics of the bubble formation of a localized electron in helium, however, has been theoretically calculated and simulated. See, for example, a recent simulation work by M. Rosenblit and J Jortner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 4079 (1995).

    Google Scholar 

  7. J. Classen, C.-K. Su, M. Mohazzab, and H.J. Maris, Phys. Rev. B 57, 3000 (1998).

    Google Scholar 

  8. V.A. Akulichev, Ultrasonics 24, 8 (1986).

    Google Scholar 

  9. Y.A. Aleksandrov, et al. Bubble Chambers, (Indiana, Bloomington, 1968).

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Konstantinov, D., Homsi, W., Luzuriaga, J. et al. How Does a Bubble Chamber Work ?. Journal of Low Temperature Physics 113, 485–490 (1998).

Download citation

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


  • Hydrogen
  • Helium
  • Charged Particle
  • Magnetic Material
  • Excellent Agreement