Investigation of magnesium laser ablated plumes with Thomson scattering

E. Nedanovska, G. Nersisyan, C. L. S. Lewis, D. Riley

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Abstract

Optical Thomson scattering has been implemented as a diagnostic of laser ablated plumes generated with second harmonic Nd:YAG laser radiation at 532 nm. Thomson scattering data with both spatial and temporal resolution has been collected, giving both electron density, and temperature distributions within the plume as a function of time. Although the spatial profiles do not match very well for simple models assuming either isothermal or isentropic expansion, consideration of the measured ablated mass indicates an isothermal expansion fits better than an isentropic expansion and indeed, at late time, the spatial profile of temperature is almost consistent with an isothermal approximation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalLaser And Particle Beams
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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