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Acoustic Pressure Generation by Laser Beams

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In the presence of two coaxial gaussian laser beams of nearly equal frequencies (|ω1 – ω2| ≪ω1) the electron temperature has an appreciably large component at |ω1 – ω2| frequency and consequently gives rise to the radiation of acoustic waves in the transverse direction. In a typical case of two 100 MW lasers around 2 × 1014 rad/s, an acoustic power of 0.2 MW per unit axial length may be generated.


Bei Anwesenheit zweier koaxialer, Gaußscher Laserstrahlen nahezu gleicher Frequenz (|ω1 – ω2| ≪ω1) hat die Elektronentemperatur eine bemerkenswert große Komponente bei der Frequenz |ω1 – ω2| und verursacht in der Folge die Abstrahlung akustischer Wellen in der Transversalrichtung. Im typischen Fall zweier 100-MW-Laser bei 2 × 1014 rad/s kann eine akustische Leistung von 0,2 MW pro axialer Längeneinheit erzeugt werden.


En présence de deux faisceaux laser gaussiens coaxiaux de fréquences ω1 et ω2 voisines, la température électronique du milieu traversé acquiert une composante importante à la fréquence |ω1 – ω2| et produit par conséquent une émission d'ondes acoustiques dans une direction transversale. A titre d'exemple, avec deux faisceaux laser de 100 MW à des fréquences angulaires de l'ordre de 2 × 1014 rad/s on peut créer une puissance acoustique de 0,2 MW par unité de longueur axiale de la zone d'émission.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 1978

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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