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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2011
  • pp: 6319–6326

Temperature and intensity dependence of Yb-fiber laser light absorption in water

Suvradip Mullick, Yuvraj K. Madhukar, Shailesh Kumar, Dinesh K. Shukla, and Ashish K. Nath  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 34, pp. 6319-6326 (2011)

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Absorption of CW Yb-fiber laser light of 1.07 μm wavelength in water has been measured at different water temperatures and laser intensities. The absorption coefficient was estimated to be 0.135 cm 1 at 25 ° C water temperature, and this was found to decrease with temperature at a rate of 5.7 × 10 4 cm 1 ° C 1 . The absorption coefficient increased significantly when the laser beam was focused in water, and the increase depended on the distance of the focal point from the water surface. This has been attributed to the absorption and scattering losses of laser radiation in a cavity formed in water by the focused beam at laser intensities in the megawatts per square centimeter and higher range.

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OCIS Codes
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium
(010.1030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Absorption

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2011
Published: November 22, 2011

Suvradip Mullick, Yuvraj K. Madhukar, Shailesh Kumar, Dinesh K. Shukla, and Ashish K. Nath, "Temperature and intensity dependence of Yb-fiber laser light absorption in water," Appl. Opt. 50, 6319-6326 (2011)

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