For history see the above articles and the thesis of Lofstedt UCLA 1995, and a letter to Physics World August 1999 at this site. We believe that the photo of a single light emitting bubble moving in a torus generated the appearance of a shuttlecock as reported in the thesis of Paul R. Temple U. Vermont 1970 who we credit with the first observation of sonoluminescence from a single bubble.
Latest results include the use of a streak camera to observe the emission of an outgoing shock wave from the sonoluminescing bubble. In a 16KHz sound field the strength of the shock wave approaches 1 Million Atmospheres. Two color plates and a black and white show the experiment and data. Physical Review E 2000.
Sonoluminescence has found use
in synchronizing photodetector arrays for the solar neutrino observatory and
in plastic surgery.
see page 468[Liposuction]