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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1812–1814

Sensitive high-resolution white-light Schlieren technique with a large dynamic range for the investigation of ablation dynamics

Alfred Vogel, Ingo Apitz, Sebastian Freidank, and Rory Dijkink  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 12, pp. 1812-1814 (2006)

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We developed a modified Hoffman contrast technique with a 12 ns pulsed incoherent extended white-light source that enables an easily interpretable visualization of ablation plumes with high resolution, a large dynamic range, and color information. By comparison, a conventional dark-field setup with a slitlike laser light source provides large sensitivity but a small dynamic range, and it is difficult to interpret the filtered images.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical systems
(170.1020) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ablation of tissue
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: January 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2006

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Alfred Vogel, Ingo Apitz, Sebastian Freidank, and Rory Dijkink, "Sensitive high-resolution white-light Schlieren technique with a large dynamic range for the investigation of ablation dynamics," Opt. Lett. 31, 1812-1814 (2006)

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