Hi, +thebrokengnome I don't have time to make a video, sadly, though it would be neat to take a video of our lab setup. Wikipedia is always a good place to start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_ablation is a brief introduction to the process of laser ablation. The basic idea is that you dump a ton of energy into the surface of a metal (or really, any solid) using a high power pulsed laser. All that energy gets turned into heat which causes some of the metal to evaporate off the surface. If the laser has enough power, you can actually generate a small plasma on the surface of the metal. Plasma is a state of matter like the Sun, where free electrons and charged atoms exist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_(physics)). I work in a lab where we use laser ablation to get metal atoms into the gas phase so we can study them using spectroscopy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectroscopy).
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