Abstract

We developed a modified Hoffman contrast technique with a 12ns 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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