We present a programmable array microscope that uses a ferroelectric liquid-crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) for dynamic generation of scanning apertures. A single SLM serves as both the source and the detector aperture array in a double-pass confocal system. Successive aperture frames scan the array across the viewing area for complete imaging of a sample while preserving depth discrimination. Integration of the microscope output across all aperture frames produces a confocal image.
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Patrick J. Smith, Cian M. Taylor, Alan J. Shaw, and Eithne M. McCabe, "Programmable Array Microscopy with a Ferroelectric Liquid-Crystal Spatial Light Modulator," Appl. Opt. 39, 2664-2669 (2000)