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Propagation of shock wave generated by optical breakdown in a laser-produced plume
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Paper Abstract

Short pulse laser breakdown in a non-uniform vapor cloud is considered as an instant local energy release (point explosion). The breakdown generates a strong shock wave propagating over the cloud. Propagation of the shock is described using an approach developed by A. S. Kompaneets. This approach is generalized to the case of arbitrary density and pressure profiles in the vapor cloud. For this case, the equation for shock wave shape is reduced to the eiconal equation in optics. Exact solutions are obtained for particular density distributions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5448, High-Power Laser Ablation V, (20 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.548529
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Boris S. Luk'yanchuk, Data Storage Institute (Singapore)
General Physics Institute (Russia)
Sergei I. Anisimov, L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5448:
High-Power Laser Ablation V
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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