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Cloud hole-boring with long pulse CO2 lasers
Author(s): Gerard P. Quigley; Robert B. Webster; George W. York
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Paper Abstract

Chemically generated CO laser pulses at 10.6 im have been used to clear a 5cm diameter hole through a stratus-like cloud in a laboratory cloud chamber. The results show that 100% clearing can be achieved. The mechanism is shown to be droplet shattering followed by evaporation. Under the conditions of the experiment, the channel closure is dominated by turbulent mixing and not droplet recondensation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1221, Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beams Through the Earth's Atmosphere, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18354
Show Author Affiliations
Gerard P. Quigley, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Robert B. Webster, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
George W. York, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1221:
Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beams Through the Earth's Atmosphere
Peter B. Ulrich; LeRoy E. Wilson, Editor(s)

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