1 May 1990 Cloud hole-boring with long pulse CO2 lasers
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Chemically generated CO laser pulses at 10.6 im have been used to clear a 5cm diameter hole through a stratus-like cloud in a laboratory cloud chamber. The results show that 100% clearing can be achieved. The mechanism is shown to be droplet shattering followed by evaporation. Under the conditions of the experiment, the channel closure is dominated by turbulent mixing and not droplet recondensation.
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Gerard P. Quigley, Gerard P. Quigley, Robert B. Webster, Robert B. Webster, George W. York, George W. York, } "Cloud hole-boring with long pulse CO2 lasers", Proc. SPIE 1221, Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beams Through the Earth's Atmosphere, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18354; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.18354

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