Aerodynamic levitation and laser heating: Applications at synchrotron and neutron sources

L. Hennet*, V. Cristiglio, J. Kozaily, I. Pozdnyakova, H. E. Fischer, A. Bytchkov, J. W. E. Drewitt, M. Leydier, D. Thiaudiere, S. Gruner, S. Brassamin, D. Zanghi, G. J. Cuello, M. Koza, S. Magazu, G. N. Greaves, D. L. Price

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Abstract

Aerodynamic levitation is an effective way to suspend samples which can be heated with CO2 lasers. The advantages of this containerless technique are the simplicity and compactness of the device, making it possible to integrate it easily in different kinds of experiments. In addition, all types of materials can be used, including metals and oxides. The integration of aerodynamic levitation at synchrotron and neutron sources provides powerful tools to study the structure and dynamics of molten materials. We present here an overview of the existing techniques and of the developments made at the CEMHTI in Orleans, as well as a few examples of experimental results already obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-165
JournalEuropean Physical Journal: Special Topics
Volume196
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • X-RAY-DIFFRACTION
  • HIGH-TEMPERATURE LIQUIDS
  • ALUMINUM-OXIDE
  • SCATTERING EXPERIMENTS
  • MELTS
  • APPARATUS
  • FURNACE
  • RADIATION
  • DYNAMICS
  • DROPLETS

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