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ISSN: 1023-5086


ISSN: 1023-5086

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Opticheskii Zhurnal

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DOI: 10.17586/1023-5086-2020-87-03-10-16

УДК: 535.21, 538.915

Disruption of charge equilibrium as a root cause of intrinsic optical breakdown in dielectrics

For Russian citation (Opticheskii Zhurnal):

Комолов В.Л. Нарушение зарядового равновесия как причина собственного оптического пробоя диэлектрика // Оптический журнал. 2020. Т. 87. № 3. С. 10–16.


Komolov V.L. Disruption of charge equilibrium as a root cause of intrinsic optical breakdown in dielectrics [in Russian] // Opticheskii Zhurnal. 2020. V. 87. № 3. P. 10–16.

For citation (Journal of Optical Technology):

V. L. Komolov, "Disruption of charge equilibrium as a root cause of intrinsic optical breakdown in dielectrics," Journal of Optical Technology. 87(3), 142-146 (2020).


Within the framework of a previously proposed model, this work analyzes the processes in the lattice of a solid body that lead to an irreversible violation of charge equilibrium under the influence of an external electric field. A simple interpretation of the causes of the irreversible breakdown of bonds in the crystal lattice due to the charge motion inside the dielectric is provided, and the pathways and conditions for lattice instability under the influence of intense laser pulses are discussed.


optical breakdown, lattice bond energy, spatial redistribution


The author would like to thank M. I. Tribelskiy for his useful remarks and recommendations during the discussions of the model.

OCIS codes: 140.3330, 320.2250


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