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Cavitation bubble wall pressure measurement by an electromagnetic surface wave enhanced pump-probe configuration

: Occhicone, A.; Sinibaldi, G.; Danz, N.; Casciola, C.M.; Michelotti, F.


Applied Physics Letters 114 (2019), No.13, Art. 134101, 6 pp.
ISSN: 0003-6951 (Print)
ISSN: 1077-3118
European Commission EC
FP7-IDEAS-ERC; 339446; BIC
Cavitation across scales: Following Bubbles from Inception to Collapse
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IOF ()

We report on the measurement of the pressure associated with a shock wave within a very thin layer (100 nm) in proximity of a boundary surface. In the experiments, the shock wave was emitted by a cavitation bubble generated by a pulsed pump laser in water. We developed a pump-probe setup based on the detection of the light scattered at the surface of a one-dimensional photonic crystal, which was purposely designed to sustain a surface electromagnetic wave in the visible range and to enhance the optical response. In order to better understand the phenomenon, we implemented numerical simulations to describe the light scattering intensity distributions through a modified Rayleigh's method. We report, with a LoD of ∼0.1 MPa, the measurements of the pressure at a surface in the presence of a laser-induced cavitation bubble generated at different distances from the surface and for different pulse energies.