inverse bremsstrahlung

inverse bremsstrahlung

[′in‚vərs ′brem‚shträ·lu̇ŋ]
(atomic physics)
The absorption by an electron of a photon in a strong electric field such as that surrounding an atomic nucleus. Also known as free-free absorption.
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Using the principle of inverse bremsstrahlung absorption, the laser energy is transferred directly into the air, creating a high-pressure (about 9000-psi) "plasma" finger.