Friday, January 28, 2005

Bubble Fusion

The journal Physical Review E is set to report on the verification of a story originally published in Science in 2002 about a novel plasma containment method called Acoustic Cavitation.

The research team used a standing ultrasonic wave to help form and then implode the cavitation bubbles of deuterated acetone vapor. The oscillating sound waves caused the bubbles to expand and then violently collapse, creating strong compression shock waves around and inside the bubbles. Moving at about the speed of sound, the internal shock waves impacted at the center of the bubbles causing very high compression and accompanying temperatures of about 100 million Kelvin.


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