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Explosive boiling of water after pulsed IR laser heating

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By focussing 1 J of 1064 nm Nd ∶ YAG beam into 30 atmospheres of hydrogen we could Raman shift to produce a 10 ns, 300 mJ, 1.9 µm laser pulse. This pulse can directly heat water by more than 100 K (average), during the laser pulse, inducing vaporisation. Vaporisation was studied using time-resolved shadowgraphy and Raman spectroscopy to obtain macro and molecular level information. The O–H stretching Raman bands of water are sensitive to temperature allowing us to measure the average temperatures during the boiling process. After the T-jump, explosive boiling occurred within 100 ns during which time the bulk temperature decreased, indicating that the vaporising water molecules deprived heat from their surroundings. Shadowgraphs confirmed the timescale for this phenomenon visually. After 10 µs, vaporised gas molecules condensed and formed droplets, which were observed by a morphology-dependent resonance (MDR) Raman.

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The article was received on 29 Oct 2002, accepted on 17 Jan 2003 and first published on 30 Jan 2003

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B210609D
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2003,5, 888-895

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    Explosive boiling of water after pulsed IR laser heating

    A. Takamizawa, S. Kajimoto, J. Hobley, K. Hatanaka, K. Ohta and H. Fukumura, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2003, 5, 888
    DOI: 10.1039/B210609D

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