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Influence of light polarization on laser destruction
Author(s): Gennady M. Mikheev; Valentin S. Idiatulin
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Paper Abstract

The bending of the channel of laser destruction in metals and dielectrics is observed experimentally. The plane of bending is proved to be perpendicular to the polarization plane of the incident laser beam. It is shown that the bending is a result of the polarization dependence of the light reflectivity from the surface of the channel, but not of the intensity asymmetry in the beam crossection. Such asymmetry is essential for the choice of direction of bending in its plane only. The experimental results are substantiated by the theory of light reflectivity from absorbing media, they are in qualitative and quantitative accordance with each other.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 1998
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 3573, OPTIKA '98: 5th Congress on Modern Optics, (19 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.320968
Show Author Affiliations
Gennady M. Mikheev, Institute of Applied Mechanics (Russia)
Valentin S. Idiatulin, Izhevsk State Agriculture Academy (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3573:
OPTIKA '98: 5th Congress on Modern Optics
Gyorgy Akos; Gabor Lupkovics; Andras Podmaniczky, Editor(s)

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