Impact of a laser on a dropIn this amazing work by the Fluids…

Impact of a laser on a drop

In this amazing work by the Fluids group at University of Twente, a drop’s response to a focused laser pulse has been analyzed in slow motion. The drop reacts to the energy imparted by the laser in many different ways, such as
vaporization or even plasma generation.

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Tightly focused laser beam leading to a white plasma glow and a violent ablation from the drop

This extremely violent reaction propels the drop to several m/s before it explodes or breaks up. Now what cool applications can you think for this ? Let us know!

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Learn more at:

Physics of Fluids Group University of Twente

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