Anomalous Diffusion in Short-Pulse Laser Interactions With Random Media Academic Article uri icon


  • This work applies fractal percolation theory to examine the impact of anomalous diffusion in short time-scale applications of random media. It is shown that there exist three regimes of heat transport corresponding to transport over the basic percolation unit (particle), the fractal cluster, and the homogeneous medium. Scaling is performed to determine the characteristic time scales of anomalous diffusion. The dependence of these time scales on both material properties and structure is examined to assess the impact of the anomalous diffusion regime on short time-scale energy transport. Additional criteria that determine the importance of anomalous diffusion relative to other transport phenomena and properties, such as radiation and thermal boundary resistance, are established.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Heat Transfer

author list (cited authors)

  • Hipwell, M. C., & Tien, C.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Hipwell, MC||Tien, C-L

publication date

  • August 1996