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Laser beam intensity

  1. Dec 3, 2015 #1
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    What is the intensity in W/m² of a laser beam used to burn away cancerous tissue that, when 94.0% absorbed, puts 539 J of energy into a circular spot 2.11 mm in diameter in 4.00 s??

    I've tried a couple different equations and I keep getting the answer wrong. This is due tonight, I'm super stuck. Any input is greatly appreciated
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  3. Dec 3, 2015 #2

    Ken G

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    First imagine the beam is 100% absorbed, find that answer, and multiply that answer by 1/.94 to get the answer for 94% absorbed. To get the 100% absorbed answer, just take that energy, per that area, per that time. You will have to convert mm to m though, and you will need to know the area of a circle.
  4. Dec 3, 2015 #3
    Thank you for your help Ken G! I will try this out right now
  5. Dec 3, 2015 #4
    Yay I got the correct answer, thank you! Would you happen to know how this one below is solved? I did my answer - 1360 W/m^2, and got a number, but I'm not sure if that's correct:

    How many times more intense is this than the maximum intensity of direct sunlight (about 1360 W/m²)?
  6. Dec 4, 2015 #5

    Ken G

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    A quick estimate says its about 10,000 times more for the laser. Is that about what you got?
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