Laser Absorption Waves in the Atmosphere

  • P. E. Nielsen
  • G. H. Canavan


There has recently been considerable interest in the “laser absorption waves” (LAW) which accompany laser-induced breakdown in a gas. The breakdown region is observed to grow in time, propagating up the beam towards the laser(1). It is the purpose of this paper to summarize and put into perspective our current understanding of the mechanisms by which this propagation of the breakdown region occurs.


Shock Front Blast Wave Beam Parameter Laser Absorption Pressure Balance 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. E. Nielsen
    • 1
  • G. H. Canavan
    • 1
  1. 1.Air Force Weapons Laboratory (DYT)Kirtland AFBUSA

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