We present a new optical microscope in which the light transmitted by a sample-scanned transmission confocal microscope is frequency-tripled by SiOx nanocrystallites in lieu of being transmitted by a confocal pinhole. This imaging technique offers an increased contrast and a high scattered light rejection. It is demonstrated that the contrast close to the Sparrow resolution limit is enhanced and the sectioning power are increased with respect to the linear confocal detection mode. An experimental implementation is presented and compared with the conventional linear confocal mode.
© 2007 Chinese Optics Letters
Gilbert Boyer and Karsten Plamann, "Improving contrast and sectioning power in confocal imaging by third harmonic generation in SiOx nanocrystallites," Chin. Opt. Lett. 5, 477-479 (2007)