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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 15 — Jul. 26, 2004
  • pp: 3605–3617

The use of Gauss-Laguerre vector beams in STED microscopy

P. Török and P.R.T. Munro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 15, pp. 3605-3617 (2004)

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This paper examines the use of Gauss-Laguerre beams in STED microscopy. These types of beams are shown to have beneficial properties that can be utilised to generate stable, high quality STED beams resulting in an aberration-resilient generation volume. In this paper we obtain general expressions for Gauss-Laguerre beams being focused through a stratified medium and describe their optimization for STED microscopy purposes. Our results show that the circularly polarised, lowest order “dark” beam is the most beneficial for STED purposes.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: April 28, 2004
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2004
Published: July 26, 2004

P. Török and P. Munro, "The use of Gauss-Laguerre vector beams in STED microscopy," Opt. Express 12, 3605-3617 (2004)

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