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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 2010
  • pp: 10016–10028

Performance of serial time-encoded amplified microscope

Kevin K. Tsia, Keisuke Goda, Dale Capewell, and Bahram Jalali  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10016-10028 (2010)

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Serial time-encoded amplified microscopy (STEAM) is an entirely new imaging modality that enables ultrafast continuous real-time imaging with high sensitivity. By means of optical image amplification, STEAM overcomes the fundamental tradeoff between sensitivity and speed that affects virtually all optical imaging systems. Unlike the conventional microscope systems, the performance of STEAM depends not only on the lenses, but also on the properties of other components that are unique to STEAM, namely the spatial disperser, the group velocity dispersion element, and the back-end electronic digitizer. In this paper, we present an analysis that shows how these considerations affect the spatial resolution, and how they create a trade-off between the number of pixels and the frame rate of the STEAM imager. We also quantify how STEAM’s optical image amplification feature improves the imaging sensitivity. These analyses not only provide valuable insight into the operation of STEAM technology but also serve as a blue print for implementation and optimization of this new imaging technology.

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(170.0180) Medical optics and biotechnology : Microscopy
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy

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Original Manuscript: March 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 29, 2010
Published: April 28, 2010

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Kevin K. Tsia, Keisuke Goda, Dale Capewell, and Bahram Jalali, "Performance of serial time-encoded amplified microscope," Opt. Express 18, 10016-10028 (2010)

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