Femtosecond-laser-induced shockwaves in water generated at an air-water interface. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report generation of femtosecond-laser-induced shockwaves at an air-water interface by millijoule femtosecond laser pulses. We document and discuss the main processes accompanying this phenomenon, including light emission, development of the ablation plume in the air, formation of an ablation cavity, and, subsequently, a bubble developing in water. We also discuss the possibility of remotely controlling the characteristics of laser-induced sound waves in water through linear acoustic superposition of sound waves that results from millijoule femtosecond laser-pulse interaction with an air-water interface, thus opening up the possibility of remote acoustic applications in oceanic and riverine environments.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Strycker, B. D., Springer, M. M., Traverso, A. J., Kolomenskii, A. A., Kattawar, G. W., & Sokolov, A. V.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Strycker, BD||Springer, MM||Traverso, AJ||Kolomenskii, AA||Kattawar, GW||Sokolov, AV

publication date

  • October 2013