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Morphology of ejected particles and impact sites on intercepting substrates following exit-surface laser damage with nanosecond pulses in silica

Paper Abstract

A volume of superheated material reaching localized temperatures of the order of 1 eV and pressures of the order of 10 GPa is generated following laser-induced damage (breakdown) on the surface of transparent dielectric materials using nanosecond pulses. This leads to material ejection and the formation of a crater. To elucidate the material behaviors involved, we examined the morphologies of the ejected particles and found distinctive features that support their classification into different types. The different morphologies arise from the difference in the structure and physical properties (such as the dynamic viscosity and presence of instabilities) of the superheated and surrounding affected material at the time of ejection of each individual particle. In addition, the temperature and kinetic energy of a subset of the ejected particles were found to be sufficient to initiate irreversible modification on the intercepting silica substrates. The modifications observed are associated with mechanical damage and fusion of melted particles on the collector substrate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 56(1) 011016 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.56.1.011016
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 56, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Stavros G. Demos, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Raluca A. Negres, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

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