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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1988
  • pp: 919–921

Explosive vaporization of single droplets by lasers: comparison of models with experiments

Joseph C. Carls and James R. Brock  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 13, Issue 10, pp. 919-921 (1988)

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A computer model of the explosive vaporization of single water droplets by pulsed CO2-laser radiation is compared with the relevant experiments. The model shows excellent quantitative agreement with the experiments, to our knowledge the first time such agreement has been observed. The importance of fluid mechanics during the pulse is demonstrated, and a second computer model illustrates how a spherically symmetric explosion can evolve even under conditions of nonuniform heating. The two models reconcile the differences between predictions made by Mie theory and observations of droplet heating.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 13, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: July 6, 1988
Published: October 1, 1988

Joseph C. Carls and James R. Brock, "Explosive vaporization of single droplets by lasers: comparison of models with experiments," Opt. Lett. 13, 919-921 (1988)

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