Simulations of laser-initiated stress waves

Duncan J. Maitland, Peter M. Celliers, Peter A. Amendt, Luiz B. Da Silva, Richard A. London, Dennis L Matthews, Moshe Strauss, Steven R. Visuri

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We present a study of the short-timescale fluid dynamic response of water to a fiber-delivered laser pulse of variable energy and spatial profile. The laser pulse was deposited on a stress confinement timescale. The spatial profile was determined by the fiber core radius, r, and the water absorption coefficient, μa. Considering 2D cylindrical symmetry, the combination of fiber radius and absorption coefficient parameters can be characterized as near planar, symmetric, and side-directed. The spatial profile study shows how the stress wave varies as a function of geometry. For example, relatively small absorption coefficients can result in side-propagating shear and tensile fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA, United States
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0819423866
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventLaser-Tissue Interaction VIII - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Feb 9 1997Feb 12 1997


OtherLaser-Tissue Interaction VIII
CitySan Jose, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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