Interferometric analysis of ultrashort pulse laser-induced pressure waves in water

Beop Min Kim, Aleksey M. Komashko, Alexander M. Rubenchik, Michael D. Feit, Steffen Reidt, Luiz B. Da Silva, Jürgen Eichler

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Mach-Zehnder interferometry was used to study the pressure waves generated by the surface ablation of water with ultrashort laser pulses in the 140 fs-10 ps duration range. Formation and propagation of spherical and in ablation with longer pulses, combination of spherical and cylindrical pressure waves were observed. Laser ablation of the surface of water generates plasma that allows light transmission into the bulk of only the leading edge of the laser pulse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-715
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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