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Applied Optics


  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2006
  • pp: 8560–8565

Position of the prism in a dispersion-compensated acousto-optic deflector for multiphoton imaging

Kun Bi, Shaoqun Zeng, Songchao Xue, Jian Sun, Xiaohua Lv, Derong Li, and Qingming Luo  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 33, pp. 8560-8565 (2006)

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The performance of a dispersion-compensated acousto-optic deflector (AOD) for steering femtosecond laser pulses was examined with the prism located before or after the AOD, which is regarded as prism-AOD and AOD-prism, respectively. Comparisons are made over parameters including the spot spatial pattern, output pulse width, scanning linearity, the field of view, and the transmission rate. Fluorescence images of 170   nm diameter beads and cells were measured to provide an overall evaluation for these femtosecond laser beam scanning configurations. On the basis of these experiments, the prism-AOD configuration is concluded to be more advantageous for the purpose of simultaneous compensation for the spatial and temporal dispersion.

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OCIS Codes
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation
(170.5810) Medical optics and biotechnology : Scanning microscopy

Original Manuscript: April 21, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 8, 2006

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Kun Bi, Shaoqun Zeng, Songchao Xue, Jian Sun, Xiaohua Lv, Derong Li, and Qingming Luo, "Position of the prism in a dispersion-compensated acousto-optic deflector for multiphoton imaging," Appl. Opt. 45, 8560-8565 (2006)

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