Flyer velocity characteristics of the laser-driven MiniFlyer system

David B. Stahl
2000 AIP Conference Proceedings  
The laser-driven MiniFlyer system is used to launch a small, thin flyer plate for impact on a target. Consequently, it is an indirect drive technique that de-couples the shock from the laser beam profile. The flyer velocity can be controlled by adjustment of the laser energy. The upper limits on the flyer velocity involve the ability of the substrate window to transmit the laser light without absorbing, reflecting, etc.; Le., a maximum amount of laser energy is directly converted into kinetic
more » ... rted into kinetic energy of the flyer plate. We have investigated the use of sapphire, quartz, and BK-7 glass as substrate windows. In the past, a particular type of sapphire has been used for nearly all Miniflyer experiments, Results of this study in terms of the performance of these window materials, based on flyer velocity are discussed, Matter-1995, edited by
doi:10.1063/1.1303655 fatcat:de5r2a65gnctzmmya7k5dzlacm