Use of an intense ultra short laser pulse as an acoustical wide band source in a liquid medium

Use of an intense ultra short laser pulse as an acoustical wide band source in a liquid medium

Jean-Pierre Sessarego Régine Guillermin Amélie Jarnac Aurélien Houard Yohann Brelet Jérôme Carbonnel Yves-Bernard André André Mysyrowicz Dominique Fattaccioli 

Parc Berger, Avenue campagne Berger, Marseille 13009, France

Laboratoire de Mécanique et d’Acoustique CNRS - UPR 7051, 4 impasse Nikola Tesla, CS 40006, 13453 Marseille Cedex 13

LOA, Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, ENSTA Paris-Tech Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, 828 Boulevard des Maréchaux 91762 Palaiseau cedex, France

DGA Techniques Navales Avenue de la Tour Royale, BP 40915, 83050 Toulon cedex, France

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11 May 2015
17 December 2015
30 April 2016
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In this work the non-linear opto-acoustic problem which consists in generating an acoustic signal in water from an intense ultra short laser pulse has been studied. The acoustic source obtained could be related to the phenomenon of filamentation which produces a contraction of the initial beam accompanied by the formation of plasma. Relatively recent work has shown that lasers of this type could be used to produce remote acoustic sources with interesting applications to underwater acoustics. The spectrum of the sound source obtained was investigated and its directivity pattern in both planes (plane of the filament and plane perpendicular to the filament) was measured. The sound level of the source as a function of energy, duration, and wavelength of the laser pulse was also measured.


femtoseconds laser, filaments, optical breakdown, non linear opto-acoustic, wide band acoustical source

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