Scattering of incident KrF laser radiation resulting from the laser-induced breakdown of H2O droplets

D. R. Alexander, S. A. Schaub, J. Zhang, D. E. Poulain, J. P. Barton

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The time history of elastically scattered incident radiation (ESIR) is presented for 60-µm-diameter water droplets irradiated by KrF (λ = 248 nm) laser pulses with power densities in the range of 1–200 GW/cm2. The ESIR shows a distinct two-peak structure that is dependent on the incident irradiance. The time delay between the arrival of the incident pulse and the first local minimum in the ESIR varied from 7 nsec at 200 GW/cm2 to 21 nsec at 5 GW/cm2. The time between incident pulse arrival and the first peak in the ESIR showed a similar irradiance dependence, with delays ranging from 4 to 12 nsec. Images of droplet breakup and the average velocities of ejected material are presented for times between 0 and 1000 nsec after the arrival of 3-GW/cm2 laser pulses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)548-550
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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