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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2009
  • pp: 4389–4396

Improved field scanner incorporating parabolic optics. Part 1: Simulation

Galiya Sharafutdinova, John Holdsworth, and Dirk van Helden  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 22, pp. 4389-4396 (2009)

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An unobstructed afocal scanning system design employing two off-axis parabolic reflectors as relay optics between two flat scan mirrors is proposed and investigated using OSLO optical software. It is found that, with a symmetric arrangement of the parabolic reflectors and appropriate selection of the first scan mirror rotational axis, the system provides linear scan lines at the image surface and excellent point spread function results in all scan positions. The design is functionally equivalent to a single-mirror scan engine and superior in every metric to a comparable dimension spherical mirror arrangement. This design is suited to two-dimensional laser scan engines and for confocal and two-photon microscopy in particular.

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OCIS Codes
(170.5810) Medical optics and biotechnology : Scanning microscopy
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(080.4035) Geometric optics : Mirror system design
(080.4228) Geometric optics : Nonspherical mirror surfaces
(080.6755) Geometric optics : Systems with special symmetry

Original Manuscript: March 11, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2009
Published: July 23, 2009

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Galiya Sharafutdinova, John Holdsworth, and Dirk van Helden, "Improved field scanner incorporating parabolic optics. Part 1: Simulation," Appl. Opt. 48, 4389-4396 (2009)

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