Ablation of an optically homogeneous absorbing medium by scattered pulsed laser radiation

V. V. Golovlyov, R. O. Esenaliev, V. S. Letokhov

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We have studied the ablation of an aqueous CuCl2 solution in a pulsed Nd:YAG laser field featuring a speckle-patterned structure characterized by spatial radiation energy fluence fluctuations. This leads to a nonuniform distribution of the energy absorbed in the bulk of the sample being irradiated and causes local overheating centers to form, wherein ablation is observed to take place at laser energy fluences below the threshold value found in experiments with a homogeneous laser beam. This effect should be manifest in the laser irradiation of biotissues which, as a rule, scatter light strongly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Physics B Photophysics and Laser Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993



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