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Breaking the Rayleigh-Plateau instability limit using thermocavitation within a droplet

  • Author(s): Padilla-Martinez, JP;
  • Ramirez-San-Juan, JC;
  • Korneev, N;
  • Banks, N;
  • Aguilar, G;
  • Ramos-Garcia, R
  • et al.

We report on the generation of liquid columns that extend far beyond the traditional Rayleigh-Plateau instability onset. The columns are driven by the acoustic pressure wave emitted after bubble collapse. A high-speed video imaging device, which records images at a rate of up to 105 fps, was employed to follow their dynamics. These bubbles, commonly termed thermocavitation bubbles, are generated by focusing a midpower (275 mW) continuous wavelength laser into a highly absorbing liquid droplet. A simple model of the propagation of the pressure wavefront emitted after the bubble collapse shows that focusing the pressure wave at the liquid-air interface drives the evolution of the liquid columns. Control over the aspect ratio of the liquid column is realized by adjusting the cavitation bubble's size, beam focus position, and droplet volume. © 2013 by Begell House, Inc.

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