Displacement of energy deposition during formation of nanosecond laser plasmas by self-defocusing Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract The long-term hydrodynamics of laser generated plasma regions are dictated by the spatial distribution of the deposited laser energy. Using an integrated chemical-optical solver to track energy deposition from single and dual nanosecond laser pulses, we show that self-defocusing results in a biased growth of the plasma region towards the focusing lens. This displacement of energy deposition scales with the Rayleigh range and can be reduced by maximizing the beam divergence.

published proceedings

  • Laser Physics Letters

author list (cited authors)

  • New-Tolley, M. R., Shneider, M. N., & Miles, R. B.

complete list of authors

  • New-Tolley, Matthew R||Shneider, Mikhail N||Miles, Richard B

publication date

  • January 1, 2021 11:11 AM