Microwave diagnostics of laser-induced avalanche ionization in air Academic Article uri icon


  • This work presents a simplified model of microwave scattering during the avalanche ionization stage of laser breakdown and corresponding experimental results of microwave scattering from laser breakdown in room air. The model assumes and measurements confirm that the breakdown regime can be viewed as a point dipole scatterer of the microwave radiation and thus directly related to the time evolving number of electrons. The delay between the laser pulse and the rise of the microwave scattering signal is a direct measure of the avalanche ionization process. 2006 American Institute of Physics.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Applied Physics

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, Z., Shneider, M. N., & Miles, R. B.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006 11:11 AM