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A theoretical study of a laser‐irradiated capillary discharge is presented. The discharge produces a columnar flow of low‐temperature plasma (1 eV) with a density of 1019 atoms/cm3. This ambient low‐temperature plasma is then irradiated by a 1.06‐μm Nd glass laser with pulse lengths from 100 ps to 1 ns. The resultant plasma is studied, using hydrodynamic simulations coupled to a detailed kinetics model.