Sonoluminescence in Alcohol Contaminated Water: A Drunken Bubble

  • Ruediger Toegel
  • Sascha Hilgenfeldt
  • Detlef Lohse
Conference paper
Part of the Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (FMIA, volume 62)


The addit ion of one drop of alcohol to the water of a flask with a sonoluminescing bubble not only strongly quenches the observed light intensity but can also cause a transition from stable to unstable SBSL. We theoretically account for the effect by considering the surface active properties of alcohols. The reduction of the surface tension significantly influences the diffusive equilibrium of the bubble and the shape stability and thereby induces a transition to unstable SBSL.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruediger Toegel
    • 1
  • Sascha Hilgenfeldt
    • 1
  • Detlef Lohse
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Physics and J. M. Burgers Centre for Fluid DynamicsUniversity of TwenteThe Netherlands

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