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Brief history of laser-induced breakdown (Abstract Only)
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Paper Abstract

Breakdown of air by a focused pulse from a Q-switched ruby laser was first observed in 1962. This marked the beginning of studies on laser-generated plasmas and of laser-induced breakdown in solids, liquids and gases. A historical overview will be presented of major developments in the basic physical processes involved, including multiphoton ionization and avalanche breakdown. Recent experiments on plasma creation and damage induced by femtosecond pluses have thrown new light on this subject, which continues to be of great technical interest.

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Date Published: 7 April 1999
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 3578, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1998, (7 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.344428
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Nicolaas Bloembergen, Harvard Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3578:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1998
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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