Graduation Year


Document Type



M.S.; M.S.E.S.

Degree Granting Department

Physics; Engineering Science

Major Professor

Pritish Mukherjee, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Sarath Witanachchi, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Robert Chang, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kenneth Buckle, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Andrew Hoff, Ph.D.


confocal microscopy, PLD, pinhole, film, optics, profile


This thesis presents a study of the intensified charge-coupled device (ICCD) imaging of pulsed laser ablated plumes. Two-dimensional imaging of laser ablated plumes is a very important diagnostic for PLD. ICCD array photography is a useful tool for imaging PLD. The images obtained using the standard technique are characterized and compared with ICCD images of an altered plume, ICCD images intentionally violating standard imaging procedures, and film thickness. The depth resolving properties of a pinhole was investigated with the intention of applying it to PLD plume imaging. This results in a more thorough understanding of the depth resolving property of a pinhole. The investigation leads to a theoretical improvement for the resolution in confocal microscopy.