Animated sequence of snapshots from a large-scale three-dimensional molecular dynamics simulation of laser ablation

Laser pulse duration is 150 ps, penetration depth is 50 nm, fluence is just above the threshold for the onset of ablation

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This animation shows the dynamics of a material ejection in the regime of thermal confinement at laser fluence close to the threshold for the onset of ablation. A detailed discussion of the physical mechanisms leading to the material ejection and the parameters of the ejection process is given in [ L. V. Zhigilei and B. J. Garrison, Microscopic Mechanisms of Laser Ablation of Organic Solids in the Thermal and Stress Confinement Irradiation Regimes, J. Appl. Phys. 88, 1281-1298 (2000), Abstract, Full Text: PDF (800 kB) ].

To see animated snapshots from a simulation with the same pulse duration but at higher laser fluence click here.

To see animated snapshots from a simulation at laser fluence close to the threshold for the onset of ablation with ten times shorter laser pulse, in the regime of stress confinement, click here.

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Leonid V. Zhigilei - July 14, 2000