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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2003
  • pp: 941–943

Influence of interface dipole interactions on the efficiency of fluorescence light collection near surfaces

Jörg Enderlein and Martin Bhmer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 11, pp. 941-943 (2003)

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Recently Török and colleagues published in a series of papers a general wave-optical approach to calculating the light-collection efficiency function (CEF) for confocal imaging of dipole emitters [J. Mod. Opt. 45, 1681 (1998); J. Microsc. 194, 127 (1999); Opt. Lett. 25, 1463 (2000)]. In their theory they did not address the possibility that the lifetimes of fluorescing molecules can change significantly near interfaces, which has a direct effect on the CEF. The research of Török and colleagues is extended here to include this effect, which may become important for imaging near surfaces.

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OCIS Codes
(110.4850) Imaging systems : Optical transfer functions
(180.1790) Microscopy : Confocal microscopy
(220.1010) Optical design and fabrication : Aberrations (global)
(300.2530) Spectroscopy : Fluorescence, laser-induced

Jörg Enderlein and Martin Bhmer, "Influence of interface dipole interactions on the efficiency of fluorescence light collection near surfaces," Opt. Lett. 28, 941-943 (2003)

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