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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 22, 2013
  • pp: 9255–9266

Laser filamentation induced air-flow motion in a diffusion cloud chamber

Haiyi Sun, Jiansheng Liu, Cheng Wang, Jingjing Ju, Zhanxin Wang, Wentao Wang, Xiaochun Ge, Chuang Li, See Leang Chin, Ruxin Li, and Zhizhan Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 9255-9266 (2013)

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We numerically simulated the air-flow motion in a diffusion cloud chamber induced by femtosecond laser filaments for different chopping rates. A two dimensional model was employed, where the laser filaments were treated as a heat flux source. The simulated patterns of flow fields and maximum velocity of updraft compare well with the experimental results for the chopping rates of 1, 5, 15 and 150 Hz. A quantitative inconsistency appears between simulated and experimental maximum velocity of updraft for 1 kHz repetition rate although a similar pattern of flow field is obtained, and the possible reasons were analyzed. Based on the present simulated results, the experimental observation of more water condensation/snow at higher chopping rate can be explained. These results indicate that the specific way of laser filament heating plays a significant role in the laser-induced motion of air flow, and at the same time, our previous conclusion of air flow having an important effect on water condensation/snow is confirmed.

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OCIS Codes
(000.6850) General : Thermodynamics
(010.3920) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Meteorology
(140.3450) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced chemistry
(260.7120) Physical optics : Ultrafast phenomena

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 31, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2013
Published: April 8, 2013

Haiyi Sun, Jiansheng Liu, Cheng Wang, Jingjing Ju, Zhanxin Wang, Wentao Wang, Xiaochun Ge, Chuang Li, See Leang Chin, Ruxin Li, and Zhizhan Xu, "Laser filamentation induced air-flow motion in a diffusion cloud chamber," Opt. Express 21, 9255-9266 (2013)

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