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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1673–1682

Super-resolution scanning laser microscopy through virtually structured detection

Rong-Wen Lu, Ben-Quan Wang, Qiu-Xiang Zhang, and Xin-Cheng Yao  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 4, Issue 9, pp. 1673-1682 (2013)

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High resolution microscopy is essential for advanced study of biological structures and accurate diagnosis of medical diseases. The spatial resolution of conventional microscopes is light diffraction limited. Structured illumination has been extensively explored to break the diffraction limit in wide field light microscopy. However, deployable application of the structured illumination in scanning laser microscopy is challenging due to the complexity of the illumination system and possible phase errors in sequential illumination patterns required for super-resolution reconstruction. We report here a super-resolution scanning laser imaging system which employs virtually structured detection (VSD) to break the diffraction limit. Without the complexity of structured illumination, VSD provides an easy, low-cost and phase-artifact free strategy to achieve super-resolution in scanning laser microscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(100.6640) Image processing : Superresolution
(110.3080) Imaging systems : Infrared imaging
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy

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Original Manuscript: June 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 14, 2013
Published: August 19, 2013

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Rong-Wen Lu, Ben-Quan Wang, Qiu-Xiang Zhang, and Xin-Cheng Yao, "Super-resolution scanning laser microscopy through virtually structured detection," Biomed. Opt. Express 4, 1673-1682 (2013)

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