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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2130–2133

Optical equivalence between phase-diversity homodyne detection microscopy and confocal microscopy

Shigeharu Kimura  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 10, pp. 2130-2133 (2012)

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We investigated the optical properties of a homodyne scanning optical microscope (HSOM) with phase-diversity detection. We found that an HSOM is a coherent imaging system and has the same coherent transfer function as a confocal scanning optical microscope (CSOM). In addition, the depth discrimination ability of an HSOM is the same as that of a CSOM. The resolution of an HSOM can be improved by inserting an annular aperture in the optical path of either the signal or reference beams without reducing the signal intensity.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(180.1790) Microscopy : Confocal microscopy
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy

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Original Manuscript: May 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 20, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 31, 2012
Published: September 18, 2012

Shigeharu Kimura, "Optical equivalence between phase-diversity homodyne detection microscopy and confocal microscopy," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 2130-2133 (2012)

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