Theory of light emission in sonoluminescence based upon transitions in confined atoms

  • L. FortunatoEmail author
  • A. Torrielli
Atomic Physics


A theory of light emission in sonoluminescing hydrogen bubbles, based upon transitions in confined atoms, is proposed. Despite the simplicity of the assumptions this model accounts for a number of facts related to sonoluminescence: a broadband spectrum in the correct wavelength window is predicted as well as the number of emitted photons. Taking the temperature at the moment of collapse as a parameter we argue that confined atomic transitions at 4000 K may account for the observed light emission. This result favours a ‘cold’ interpretation of sonoluminescence in contrast to previous theories. Many considerations are qualitatively extendible to rare gases.


Hydrogen Spectroscopy Neural Network State Physics Complex System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica “G.Galilei” and Istituto Nazionale di Fisica NuclearePadovaItaly

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