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This book describes the thermal and hydrodynamic instabilities appearing in laser-matter interactions at moderate intensities. These instabilities result in the distortion of phase-transition front, dispersion of target material in condensed phase, formation of dissipative surface structures, generation of complex oscillatory evaporation modes, and so on. These effects, in turn, lead to the appearance of liquid droplets in an expanding vapor, non-uniform removal of a solid material, and the enhanced light absorption in the vapor plume. This book focuses on nonresonant interactions. It concentrates on the range of low and moderate laser intensities that are important for technological applications of lasers. Instabilities in Laser-Matter Interaction provides a theoretical background to the interpretation of experimental results and an understanding of the effect of instabilities on the processes of laser technology.
Table of Contents
Preface Interactions of Laser Radiation with Highly Absorbing Materials Laser Heating of Highly Absorbing Solids Without Phase Change Laser-Induced Melting Laser-Induced Evaporation Numerical Simulation of Laser-Produced Melting and Evaporation Interaction of Laser Radiation with Dielectrics Optical Breakdown of Transparent Dielectrics Stationary Evaporation Waves in Transparent Dielectrics UV-Laser Ablation of Polymers Processes in the Vapor Plume Hydrodynamic Boundary Conditions for Strong Evaporation Condensation in Expanding Vapor Dynamics of Vapor Expansion: One-Dimensional Flow Dynamics of Vapor Expansion: Spatial Structure of the Vapor Plume Instability of the Vapor-Plume Expansion into Vacuum Dynamics of Vapor Expansion into an Ambient Gas Effects of Ultrashort Laser Pulses Electron and Lattice Temperature Dynamics in an Metal Heated by Ultrashort Laser Pulses Anomalous Electron and Light Emission from Metals Heated by Ultrashort Laser Pulses Instability of Sublimation Waves in Solids: Linear Theory Corrugation Instability of Stationary Evaporation Waves in Highly Absorbing Materials Corrugation Instability of Non-stationary Evaporation Waves in Highly Absorbing Materials Instability of Plane Stationary Evaporation Waves in Dielectrics Stability Analysis of Plane Stationary Ablation Waves in Polymers Nonlinear Evolution of Instability in Laser Evaporation Slightly Supercritical Structures in Laser Sublimation Waves Strongly Supercritical Regimes of Laser Evaporation. "Spin" Sublimation of Solids Nonlinear Stages of Instability of Evaporation Waves in Dielectrics Instabilities in the Laser Interaction with Liquids Thermocapillary Instability of a Liquid Heated by Laser Radiation Corrugation Instability of Plane Evaporation Waves in Liquids Instabilities Connected with Laser-Induced Chemical Reactions Instability of Laser-Stimulated Surface Oxidation of Metals. Spatially Uniform Temperature Fields Instability of Surface Oxidation of Metals: Two-Dimensional Effects Laser-Initiated Surface Combustion Waves Conclusion
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