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

DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2011-01425-0 DOI Help

Authors: L Hennet (CEMHTI and University of Orléans) , V. Cristiglio (ILL) , J. Kozaily (ILL) , I. Pozdnyakova (CEMHTI and University of Orléans) , H. E. Fischer (ILL) , A. Bytchkov (ESRF) , J. W. E. Drewitt (CEMHTI and University of Orléans) , M. Leydier (CEMHTI and University of Orléans) , D. Thiaudière (Synchrotron SOLEIL) , S. Gruner (Institute of Physics, Chemnitz) , S. Brassamin (CEMHTI and University of Orléans) , D. Zanghi (CEMHTI and University of Orléans) , G. J. Cuello (ILL) , M. Koza (ILL) , S. Magazù (CEMHTI and University of Orléans) , G. N. Greaves (IMAPS, University of Wales) , D. L. Price (CEMHTI and University of Orléans)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: The European Physical Journal Special Topics , VOL 196 , PAGES 151 - 165

State: Published (Approved)
Published: January 2011

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 Orléans, as well as a few examples of experimental results already obtained.

Subject Areas: Technique Development

Facility: ESRF, SRS