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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 30, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 1991
  • pp: 1179–1184

Confocal compact scanning optical microscope based on compact disc technology

Jos Benschop and Gerard van Rosmalen  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 30, Issue 10, pp. 1179-1184 (1991)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.30.001179


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Abstract

A compact scanning optical microscope (SOM) based on the optics and the mechanics of a compact disc (CD) player has been constructed. The low weight and compact construction of a CD player offer the possibility of scanning the entire microscope with respect to a stationary object. The compact scanning optical microscope is capable of measuring object-induced amplitude and phase changes of the light and is equipped with automatic focusing. The laser in the CD player is replaced by the endface of a single-mode fiber. The end face of the fiber acts both as the emitting source and as a point detector. Thus confocal detection is obtained without the problem of positioning a point detector with respect to a point source.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 8, 1990
Published: April 1, 1991

Citation
Jos Benschop and Gerard van Rosmalen, "Confocal compact scanning optical microscope based on compact disc technology," Appl. Opt. 30, 1179-1184 (1991)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-30-10-1179

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