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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1214–1216

Laser-filamentation-induced condensation and snow formation in a cloud chamber

Jingjing Ju, Jiansheng Liu, Cheng Wang, Haiyi Sun, Wentao Wang, Xiaochun Ge, Chuang Li, See Leang Chin, Ruxin Li, and Zhizhan Xu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 7, pp. 1214-1216 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.001214


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Abstract

Using 1 kHz, 9 mJ femtosecond laser pulses, we demonstrate laser-filamentation-induced spectacular snow formation in a cloud chamber. An intense updraft of warm moist air is generated owing to the continuous heating by the high-repetition filamentation. As it encounters the cold air above, water condensation and large-sized particles spread unevenly across the whole cloud chamber via convection and cyclone like action on a macroscopic scale. This indicates that high-repetition filamentation plays a significant role in macroscopic laser-induced water condensation and snow formation.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(140.3450) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced chemistry
(260.5130) Physical optics : Photochemistry

ToC Category:
Atmospheric Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 10, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 31, 2012
Published: March 26, 2012

Citation
Jingjing Ju, Jiansheng Liu, Cheng Wang, Haiyi Sun, Wentao Wang, Xiaochun Ge, Chuang Li, See Leang Chin, Ruxin Li, and Zhizhan Xu, "Laser-filamentation-induced condensation and snow formation in a cloud chamber," Opt. Lett. 37, 1214-1216 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-7-1214


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