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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1988
  • pp: 916–918

Shape distortion of a single water droplet by laser-induced electrostriction

Jian-Zhi Zhang and Richard K. Chang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 13, Issue 10, pp. 916-918 (1988)

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Electrostrictive distortions of a flowing water droplet are photographed with a framing camera after the laser pulse is shut off. With medium-energy laser illumination, large asymmetric bulging from the droplet shadow face precedes shape oscillation of the entire droplet. With high-energy laser illumination, the bulge acquires a cylindrical shape that can eject a small droplet. The laser-induced electrostrictive force exerted on a single transparent droplet is compared with the surface-tension force.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 28, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 1988
Published: October 1, 1988

Jian-Zhi Zhang and Richard K. Chang, "Shape distortion of a single water droplet by laser-induced electrostriction," Opt. Lett. 13, 916-918 (1988)

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