Vol. 14, issue 05, article # 8

pdf Skripkin A. M. Optical discharge in aerosols at propagation of laser radiation. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 2001. V. 14. No. 05. P. 355-360.
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Experimental results on optical discharge in aerodisperse media containing solid aerosol particles at propagation of weakly focused laser beams are discussed. It is shown that appearance of two regimes of optical discharge depends on the wavelength and duration of the laser pulse, the particle size distribution function, the particle material, and the energy characteristics of laser radiation. An analytical equation is proposed that quite satisfactorily describes propagation of laser beams at optical discharge excitation.