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Transient structure of ionized atmosphere in pulsed laser propulsion system
Author(s): Koji Takahashi; Kohei Maeda; Tatsuya Ikuta; Sachiko Hatano; Yasuhito Mori; Kunihito Nagayama
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Paper Abstract

Optical breakdown of air is explored by using high-speed photography for the realization of laser propulsion system in aerospace engineering. The multiple ionization and subsequent pear-shaped emission by laser pulse through a convex lens are recorded and analyzed by image converter camera. The improved pulsed-laser shadowgraphy employed in this system successfully enables us to visualize the transient structures of complicated shock waves more clearly than ever. The ionization just above the surface of an aluminum target is also examined in comparison with the case of no target, which may be the major mechanism of Myrabo's demonstration of a small flyer launching by a pulsed carbon dioxide laser. Not only the high- enthalpy states of the ionized atmosphere are calculated but also the precise history of breakdown initiation in the nanosecond laser pulse is obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4183, 24th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (17 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424251
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Koji Takahashi, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Kohei Maeda, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Tatsuya Ikuta, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Sachiko Hatano, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Yasuhito Mori, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Kunihito Nagayama, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4183:
24th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics
Kazuyoshi Takayama; Tsutomo Saito; Harald Kleine; Eugene V. Timofeev, Editor(s)

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