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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 26 — Dec. 26, 2005
  • pp: 10616–10621

Paper airplane propelled by laser plasma channels generated by femtosecond laser pulses in air

Zhi-Yuan Zheng, Jie Zhang, Zuo-Qiang Hao, Zhe Zhang, Min Chen, Xin Lu, Zhao-Hua Wang, and Zhi-Yi Wei  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 26, pp. 10616-10621 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.010616


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Abstract

A long plasma channel, formed due to the dynamic balance between the nonlinear self-focusing and the plasma defocusing in the propagation of intense femtosecond laser pulses in air, is demonstrated to be able to continuously propel a paper airplane without complicated focusing optics. The maximum coupling coefficient generated by the plasma channel is found to be more than 8.5 dyne/W. In the plasma channel, the detonation wave generation with the air ionization is found to be the propulsive source.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

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Zhi-Yuan Zheng, Jie Zhang, Zuo-Qiang Hao, Zhe Zhang, Min Chen, Xin Lu, Zhao-Hua Wang, and Zhi-Yi Wei, "Paper airplane propelled by laser plasma channels generated by femtosecond laser pulses in air," Opt. Express 13, 10616-10621 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-26-10616


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