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The Spell of Sonoluminescence

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Science  01 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5288, pp. 718-719
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5288.718


Physicists have known for decades that ultrasound beamed into a flask of water can spark brief bursts of visible and ultraviolet light from a bubble, but the phenomenon is still a mystery. In a flurry of theorizing, physicists are trying to explain it by invoking everything from miniature implosions to tiny lightning storms to energy stolen from empty space.