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VOLUME 38 | ISSUE 9 | PAGE 509
Excitation of ultrastrong shock waves by a hot plasma piston
The excitation of a shock wave in the residual gas by a hot laser plasma has been studied experimentally. The velocity of the shock wave has been found to remain constant. An "instantaneous" transition to free motion has also been found. A method is proposed for determining the amount of mass evaporated from the target from the dynamics of the shock wave.

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