Laser-induced shockwave propagation from ablation in a cavity

Xianzhong Zeng, Xianglei Mao, Samuel S. Mao, Sy Bor Wen, Ralph Greif, Richard E. Russo

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The propagation of laser-induced shockwaves from ablation inside of cavities was determined from time-resolved shadowgraph images. The temperature and electron number density of the laser-induced plasma was determined from spectroscopic measurements. These properties were compared to those for laser ablation on the flat surface under the same energy and background gas condition. A theoretical model was proposed to determine the amount of energy and vaporized mass stored in the vapor plume based on these measurements.

Original languageBritish English
Article number061502
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 2006


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