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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2006
  • pp: 265–270

Attenuation of laser-generated shock waves in Plexiglas

Rui Zhao, Rong-qing Xu, Bo Yang, Zhong-hua Shen, Jian Lu, and Xiao-wu Ni  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 2, pp. 265-270 (2006)

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A simple analytic model is derived for describing the attenuation of a shock wave in a Plexiglas plate. At the same time, experimental measurements are presented with a well-designed optical-fiber sensor based on detection-beam deflection. The amplitude of the shock-wave pressure is measured experimentally and calculated numerically for analytic expressions at different distances from the region of the surface breakdown by the radiation of a single-pulse Nd:YAG laser. Good agreement between the experimental and the calculated values of the shock-wave pressure is established.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Rui Zhao, Rong-qing Xu, Bo Yang, Zhong-hua Shen, Jian Lu, and Xiao-wu Ni, "Attenuation of laser-generated shock waves in Plexiglas," Appl. Opt. 45, 265-270 (2006)

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