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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 1980
  • pp: 952–961

Designing a probe beam and an ultraviolet holographic microinterferometer for plasma probing

E. L. Pierce  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 19, Issue 6, pp. 952-961 (1980)

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The requirements and techniques for time- and space-resolved picosecond probing of laser-produced plasmas are reviewed. The design and limitations of a holographic microinterferometer are discussed, and optical pulse techniques are presented. This technique can provide significant data for understanding the absorption of energy within laser-produced plasmas. The primary requirements are to measure the electron densities in the 1020–1021-e/cc range, with density contour velocities of 106 to 107 cm/sec and spatial resolution of 1 μm or better. For these velocities one requires a probe pulse duration of 3–30 psec, an UV wavelength as short as feasible, and large numerical aperture optics corrected for spherical aberration. Interferograms of laser-produced plasmas obtained at 2660 Å with a combined resolution of 1 μm and 15 psec are presented.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 6, 1980
Published: March 15, 1980

E. L. Pierce, "Designing a probe beam and an ultraviolet holographic microinterferometer for plasma probing," Appl. Opt. 19, 952-961 (1980)

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