A kinoform-based Nipkow-disk system, as applied to a real-time confocal microscope, is presented. The major advantage of this technique must be its high light efficiency (e.g., >80%), which significantly improves the performance of a confocal microscope. Our preliminary experiment indicates that there are potential applications to three-dimensional microscopic imaging as well as to object surface detection.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 3, 1994
Revised Manuscript: January 8, 1995
Published: September 1, 1995
S. Yin, G. Lu, J. Zhang, F. T. S. Yu, and Joseph N. Mait, "Kinoform-based Nipkow disk for a confocal microscope," Appl. Opt. 34, 5695-5698 (1995)