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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1571–1583

Spatial Light Interference Microscopy (SLIM) using twisted-nematic liquid-crystal modulation

Tan H. Nguyen and Gabriel Popescu  »View Author Affiliations


Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 4, Issue 9, pp. 1571-1583 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/BOE.4.001571


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Abstract

We report the use of a twisted nematic liquid-crystal spatial light modulator (TNLC-SLM) for quantitative phase imaging. The experimental setup is a new implementation of the SLIM principle, which is a phase shifting, white light method for quantitative phase imaging. The approach is based on switching between the phase and amplitude modulation modes of the SLM. Our system is able to deliver a 0.99 nm spatial and 1.33 nm temporal pathlength sensitivity while retaining the optical transverse resolution. The system is implemented as an additional module mounted to a conventional microscope, which makes the system very easy to deploy and integrate with other imaging modalities.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: June 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2013
Published: August 8, 2013

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Novel Techniques in Microscopy (2013) Biomedical Optics Express

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Tan H. Nguyen and Gabriel Popescu, "Spatial Light Interference Microscopy (SLIM) using twisted-nematic liquid-crystal modulation," Biomed. Opt. Express 4, 1571-1583 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/boe/abstract.cfm?URI=boe-4-9-1571


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