Laser probe beam deflection technique is used for the analysis of laser-induced plasma shock waves in air and distilled water. The temporal and spatial variations of the parameters on shock fronts are studied as functions of focal lens position and laser energy. The influences of the characteristics of media are investigated on the well-designed experimental setup. It is found that the shock wave in distilled water attenuates to an acoustic wave faster than in air under the same laser energy. Good agreement is obtained between our experimental results and those attained with other techniques. This technique is versatile, economic, and simple to implement, being a promising diagnostic tool for pulsed laser processing.
© 2009 Chinese Optics Letters
Yan Qian, Jian Lu, and Xiaowu Ni, "Study of laser-induced plasma shock waves by the probe beam deflection technique," Chin. Opt. Lett. 7, 410-412 (2009)