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Experimental study and numerical simulation of the propulsion of microbeads by femtosecond laser filament

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5 Author(s)
Zhang, Nan ; Institute of Modern Optics, Nankai University, Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Information Science and Technology, Education Ministry of China, Tianjin 300071, China ; Liu, Weiwei ; Xu, Zhijun ; Wang, Mingwei
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The light filament formed by intense femtosecond laser pulses in air can be used to generate the effective impulse to propel a micro glass bead. In this report, through both experimental studies and the corresponding numerical simulations that involve the dynamics of the nonlinear propagation of light and the laser ablation mechanism, we confirm that this propulsion scheme is based on the laser ablation of the target material. The fundamental characteristics of laser propulsion using a single ultrafast laser filament is also revealed.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:104 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Aug 2008

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