Observation of the Laser-Induced Compression Wave in a Solid Target

  • C. van Kessel
  • R. Sigel


The evolution of the compression wave which forms on laser impact on a plane solid target has been followed by streak- and framing photography. Using known Hugoniot-data a peak pressure of 2.5 Mbar and a density increase ρ/ρo = 2.3 has been measured in plexiglass.


Shock Wave Shock Front Peak Pressure Streak Camera Solid Target 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. van Kessel
    • 1
  • R. Sigel
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für PlasmaphysikEURATOM AssociationGarchingFederal Republic of Germany

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