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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 17 — Aug. 22, 2005
  • pp: 6504–6518

Adaptive Scanning Optical Microscope (ASOM): A multidisciplinary optical microscope design for large field of view and high resolution imaging

Benjamin Potsaid, Yves Bellouard, and John T. Wen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 17, pp. 6504-6518 (2005)

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From micro-assembly to biological observation, the optical microscope remains one of the most important tools for observing below the threshold of the naked human eye. However, in its conventional form, it suffers from a trade-off between resolution and field of view. This paper presents a new optical microscope design that combines a high speed steering mirror, a custom designed scanner lens, a MEMS deformable mirror, and additional imaging optics to enlarge the field of view while preserving resolving power and operating at a high image acquisition rate. We describe the theory of operation and our design methodology, present a preliminary simulated design, and compare to existing technologies. A reduced functionality experimental prototype demonstrates both micro-assembly and biological observation tasks.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(150.3040) Machine vision : Industrial inspection
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems
(170.0180) Medical optics and biotechnology : Microscopy
(170.1530) Medical optics and biotechnology : Cell analysis
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.5810) Medical optics and biotechnology : Scanning microscopy
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design

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Original Manuscript: June 14, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 10, 2005
Published: August 22, 2005

Benjamin Potsaid, Yves Bellouard, and John Wen, "Adaptive Scanning Optical Microscope (ASOM): A multidisciplinary optical microscope design for large field of view and high resolution imaging," Opt. Express 13, 6504-6518 (2005)

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