Optical Observation of Shock Wave Propagation Caused by Collapsing Bubble

  • T. Asase
  • Y. Watanabe
Conference paper
Part of the Acoustical Imaging book series (ACIM, volume 27)


Micro-bubbles are used as contrast agents in the field of medical ultrasound. When bubbles in liquid are driven by an acoustic wave, they repeatedly expand and contract. As the sound pressure increases, the bubbles vibrate nonlinearly and finally collapse with generation of a shock wave. The shock wave induces a high-pressure sound around the bubble. Therefore, in the practical usage of micro-bubbles in the human body, it is important to investigate the shock wave effects.


Shock Wave Sound Pressure Optical Observation Shock Wave Propagation Single Bubble 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Asase
    • 1
  • Y. Watanabe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ElectronicsDoshisha UniversityKyo-tanabe, KyotoJapan

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