Localized microwave plasma grid by laser-designation

Matthew R. Edwards, James B. Michael, Arthur Dogariu, Richard B. Miles

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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The volumetric addition of energy into flowfields associated with high speed aircraft has the potential to provide drag reduction, flow control, and ignition speed improvements. Using a femtosecond laser system and a microwave cavity, we have shown the ability to deposit microwave energy at locations designated by the laser system. The temperature of the heated region has been measured as up to 3500-4000 K, with thermal energy deposition on the order of 10 mJ for centimeter scale laser designated lines. The microwave pulse may couple to the region excited by the laser pulse even after a 20 μs delay. We have also demonstrated an ability to write simple patterns with multiple laser beams, showing approximately equitable energy distribution across the formed grid. The ability to couple the microwave pulse to the designated region is shown to be not strongly dependent on the polarization and relative orientation of the microwave and laser systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication42nd AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference
StatePublished - 2011
Event42nd AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference 2011 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2011Jun 30 2011

Publication series

Name42nd AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference


Other42nd AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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