Analysis of stress waves generated in water using ultrashort laser pulses

Beop Min Kim, Michael D. Feit, Alexander M. Rubenchik, Aleksey M. Komashko, Steffen Reidt, Jurgen Eichler, Luiz B. Da Silva

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A Mach-Zehnder interferometer was used for analysis of pressure waves generated by ultrashort laser pulse ablation of water. It was found that the shock wave generated by plasma formation rapidly decays to an acoustic wave. Both experimental and theoretical studies demonstrated that the energy transfer to the mechanical shock was less than 1%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-182
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventLaser-Tissue Interaction XI: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: 2000 Jan 222000 Jan 27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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