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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 3 — Feb. 11, 2002
  • pp: 196–203

Dynamics of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown in water from femtoseconds to microseconds

Chris B. Schaffer, Nozomi Nishimura, Eli N. Glezer, Albert M.-T. Kim, and Eric Mazur  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp. 196-203 (2002)

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Using time-resolved imaging and scattering techniques, we directly and indirectly monitor the breakdown dynamics induced in water by femtosecond laser pulses over eight orders of magnitude in time. We resolve, for the first time, the picosecond plasma dynamics and observe a 20 ps delay before the laser-produced plasma expands. We attribute this delay to the electron-ion energy transfer time.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: December 19, 2001
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2002
Published: February 11, 2002

Chris Schaffer, Nozomi Nishimura, Eli Glezer, Albert Kim, and Eric Mazur, "Dynamics of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown in water from femtoseconds to microseconds," Opt. Express 10, 196-203 (2002)

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