The photoacoustic effect from particles and bubbles
Department of Chemistry Brown University, Providence, RI, 02912, USA
Irradiation of colloidal suspensions with the output of a high power, pulsed laser can give rise to chemical reactions and phase transitions that are linked to the production of ultrasound. Transient grating experiments, which record both photoacoustic and photothermal processes, show the effects of the concentration of heat at the sites of colloidal particles, chemical reactions leading to the formation of stable gaseous species, and the production of steam bubbles. The efficiency of sound by these processes is, in general, determined by the rapidity of the density change that follows the absorption of the laser radiation.
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