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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 11 — May. 30, 2005
  • pp: 4107–4112

Optodynamic characterization of the shock waves after laser-induced breakdown in water

Rok Petkovšek, Janez Možina, and Griša Močnik  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 11, pp. 4107-4112 (2005)

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Plasma and a cavitation bubble develop at the site of laser-induced breakdown in water. Their formation and the propagation of the shock wave were monitored by a beam-deflection probe and an arm-compensated interferometer. The interferometer part of the setup was used to determine the relative position of the laser-induced breakdown. The time-of-flight data from the breakdown site to the probe beam yielded the velocity, and from the velocity the shock-wave pressure amplitudes were calculated. Two regions were found where the pressure decays with different exponents, pointing to a strong attenuation mechanism in the initial phase of the shock-wave propagation.

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OCIS Codes
(120.1880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Detection
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(170.1020) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ablation of tissue
(170.4470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmology

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Original Manuscript: April 5, 2005
Revised Manuscript: May 16, 2005
Published: May 30, 2005

Rok Petkovšek, Janez Možina, and Griša Mo�?nik, "Optodynamic characterization of shock waves after laser-induced breakdown in water," Opt. Express 13, 4107-4112 (2005)

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