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Microwave Measurements on Laser‐Produced Blast Waves

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Hall, Richard B. ; Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories, Seattle, Washington 98124

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The expansion of a laser‐produced blast wave is measured by creating a laser spark at the center of a microwave cavity. The radius measurement as a function of time is accomplished by measuring the cavities' resonant frequency shift. In addition, the blast‐wave surface temperature and electron density can be deduced by measuring the change in Q of the cavity. The results are in general agreement with ideal blast‐wave theory.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 1 )