Interaction and fragmentation of pulsed laser induced microbubbles in a narrow gap

Yen Hong Chen, Hong Yu Chu, L. Lin

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We investigate the interaction dynamics of an existing stable microbubble B1 and another laser induced nearby expanding microbubble B2 in a thin ink sheet between two glass slices. The fast expanding B2 causes anistropic compression of B1 with a forward penetrating jet. In the subsequent expansion stage of B1, the gas associated with jet protrusion to the opposite edge of B1 and the nonuniform surrounding flow field induce necking with transverse inward jetting from the side lobes, which further interact with the axial jet and lead to the final fragmentation into smaller bubbles. At small interbubble distance, the backward interaction from B1 first leads to the pointed pole of the expanding B2 and then a backward jetting during its collapsing. The strong interaction can merge the two bubbles with complicated asymmetric intermediated patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034505
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 27 Jan 2006


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