Vol. 17, issue 02-03, article # 1

pdf Osipov V.V., Volkov N.B., Platonov V.V., Ivanov M.G. Peculiarities of evolution of a laser plasma jet from a graphite target . // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 2004. V. 17. No. 02-03. P. 93-95.
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The results of investigation into unstable behavior of a plasma jet produced by the long-pulse CO2 laser irradiation of a graphite target are reported. A mushroom-like shape of the glowing area is shown to be determined by the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability of the carbon plasma-air interface and formation of nanoparticles in the plasma expanding into the buffer gas.