Journal of Applied Spectroscopy

, Volume 79, Issue 2, pp 261–268 | Cite as

Plasma formation by high-repetition rate pulsed periodic laser irradiation of metals in air at atmospheric and reduced pressures

  • A. N. Chumakov
  • V. B. Avramenko
  • N. A. Bosak

High-speed spectroscopy with spatial and temporal resolution is used to determine the basic plasma parameters and to examine the shift from an air plasma to an erosion plasma during multipulse laser irradiation of various metals at repetition rates ranging from 5 to 50 kHz with irradiances q > 2∙108 W/cm2. The formation of a distinctive surface plasma structure is observed which (a) facilitates the expulsion of the shielding layer of "air" plasma produced during the first of a series of laser pulses by vapor from the target and (b) inhibits the propagation of a metal vapor plasma front into the air during the subsequent pulses.


pulsed periodic laser irradiation laser plasma plasma temperature electron density electric potential analysis of materials 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. N. Chumakov
    • 1
  • V. B. Avramenko
    • 1
  • N. A. Bosak
    • 1
  1. 1.B. I. Stepanov Institute of PhysicsNational Academy of Sciences of BelarusMinskBelarus

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