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sonoluminescence

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The production of light as a result of the passing of sound waves through a liquid medium. The sound waves cause the formation of bubbles that emit bright flashes of light when they collapse.

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  • n. The emission of short bursts of light from imploding bubbles in a liquid when excited by sound.

Etymologies

sono- +‎ luminescence (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Their goal was to capture a fleeting phenomenon called sonoluminescence, and it would require an unusual medium — large amounts of xenon-infused sulfuric acid.

    Vitriolic Artists Send Visitors on a Sulfuric Acid Trip

  • After five minutes in total darkness (to let everyone's eyes adjust), the audience is treated to a live demonstration of sonoluminescence, complete with the sound of the bubbles imploding.

    Vitriolic Artists Send Visitors on a Sulfuric Acid Trip

  • Suslick and Flannigan first observed super-bright sonoluminescence in 2005 by sending ultrasound waves through sulfuric acid solutions to create bubbles.

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  • However, Suslick emphasized that his group has not observed evidence that fusion takes place during sonoluminescence, as some have theorized possible.

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  • Under the right conditions, these bubbles implode spectacularly, emitting light and reaching very high temperatures, a phenomenon called sonoluminescence.

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  • Eddie Kasalivich, the hero of Chain Reaction, is an undergraduate machinist who once blew up a laboratory and who now has the good luck of being part of the hydrogen separation, sonoluminescence experiment headed by 60-year-old Dr. Alistair Barkley.

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