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.


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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Physics of Fluids Group University of Twente

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