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Laser light absorption of high-temperature metal surfaces

Heliyon. 2023 Oct 16;9(10):e21021. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e21021. eCollection 2023 Oct.


Laser beam absorption is the basic effect to enable many high-temperature applications and processes. However, high temperature absorption data of metals is often not available or based on theoretical assumptions. In this work, using a newly developed experimental arrangement to measure laser light absorption on liquid metal surfaces even above boiling temperature enabled the derivation of absorption values in those regimes. Results indicate that interband absorption must be considered even at such high temperatures against common theoretical predictions. It is shown that the simulated nearly constant absorption depth and absorption values between melting and boiling temperatures indicate that the increased atom distance due to thermal expansion, denoting a reduced absorption volume, is counterbalanced by the increased statistical availability of conduction electrons due to Fermi band broadening.

PMID:37886775 | PMC:PMC10597851 | DOI:10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e21021

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