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How to make laser-induced plasma? Answered

Hi, I was wondering how I could possibly make a small version of laser-induced plasma. I understand there would probably be high voltage as well as precise electronics required, but I'm quite confused by what I've found online. I would just like a simple explanation and/or a theory. Thanks!

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icengBest Answer (author)2016-02-02

Any strong CO2 laser can ionize the constituents of air.

Ionized gas is not a solid 1, not a liquid 2, not a gas 3 but it is a charged atomic cloud capable of conducting electric current, that is a plasma 4th state of matter.

Fluorescent lamps are plasma devices. Scientists have ionized air to help direct lightning charge to follow the a laser beam towards a solid metal conductor.

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crazyg (author)2016-02-02

watch some youtube about plasma cutters, it might inspire you.

(continuous spark + compressed air jet= plasma that can cut through metal)

Iv got one ,they can be fun,

as for making a lazer plasma thingy,i wouldnt know where to start.

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iceng (author)crazyg2016-02-02

I hope to finish mine this spring.

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Jack A Lopez (author)2016-02-01

Not sure which laser induced plasma thingy you want. Asking Wikipedia about that phrase gives this list of existing articles,

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special...

I am guessing you want either the spectroscopy method,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser-induced_breakd...

or the Electrolaser ray gun thing,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolaser

Or maybe you're looking for something different?

Cheers to you too,

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Downunder35m (author)2016-02-01

You need it for spectroscopy, as an electron microscope or as a directed nergy weapon?
Well, in any case if you fail to understand the priciples I see little to no chance that you can build one.
After all research sections of very large companies waste millions on a working prototype....

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