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Optical Diagnostic System For Observation Of Laser-Produced Shock Waves
Author(s): Mark D. Wilke; Sidney N. Stone
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Paper Abstract

Several standard plasma and gas dynamic diagnostic techniques have been integrated into a system for observing the formation and propagation of high-power Nd:glass-laser generated one- and two-dimensional shockwaves in air from 0.1 torr to atmospheric pres-sures. Diagnostics include either single-frame, two-wavelength holographic ruby-laser interferometry or single-frame, single-wavelength interferometry with ten frames of shadow-graphy. Streaks or ten frames of the early luminous shocked region also are taken on all shots, as well as time-resolved luminosity measurements using high-speed biplanar vacuum photodiodes with various wavelength interference filters. Shadowgraphy frames are 200-ns long at 1-μs intervals, while emission frames are variable with a maximum 10-ns exposure and 50-ns interval. Both the streak mode and emission measurements with the vacuum diode allow subnanosecond time resolution. The interferometry provides 20-ns exposures from 500 ns to late times. Methods for reducing and interpreting the data have been, or are currently being, developed. Interactive computer programs for digitizing the fringe patterns provide fringe-shift profiles for Abel inversion. This has provided neutral gas and electron density information in the spherical, one-dimensional cases. Diagrams and photographs of the experiment will be shown as well as examples of the data that have been taken. Methods for data reduction will be outlined and some of the results shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 November 1980
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0190, Los Alamos Conference on Optics 1979, (13 November 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.957774
Show Author Affiliations
Mark D. Wilke, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (United States)
Sidney N. Stone, Los Alamos Scientitic Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0190:
Los Alamos Conference on Optics 1979
Donald H. Liebenberg, Editor(s)

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