On the measurement of laser-induced plasma breakdown thresholds

Stefan Brieschenk, Harald Kleine, Sean O'Byrne

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The breakdown threshold of a gas exposed to intense laser-radiation is a function of gas and laser properties. Breakdown thresholds reported in the literature often vary greatly and these differences can partially be traced back to the method that is typically used to determine breakdown thresholds. This paper discusses the traditional method used to determine breakdown thresholds and the potential errors that can arise using this approach, and presents an alternative method which can yield more accurate data especially when determining breakdown thresholds as functions of gas pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number093101
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


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