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Stop-motion microphotography of laser-driven plates
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Paper Abstract

Laser driven plates have been used for several years for high velocity shock wave and impact studies. Recent questions about the integrity and ablation rates of these plates coupled with an improved capability for microscopic stop motion photography led to this study. For these experiments, the plates were aluminum, coated on the ends of optical fibers. A high power laser pulse in the fiber ionizes the aluminum at the fiber/coating interface. The plasma thus created accelerates the remaining aluminum to high velocities, several kilometers per second. We defined `thick' or `thin' coatings as those where a flying plate (flyer) was launched vs. the material being completely ionized. Here we were specifically interested in the thick/thin boundary to develop data for the numerical models attempting to predict flyer behavior.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 1994
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2273, Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics '94, (14 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.189027
Show Author Affiliations
Alan M. Frank, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Wayne M. Trott, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2273:
Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics '94
George A. Kyrala; Donald R. Snyder, Editor(s)

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