The scalar theory of image formation for a strongly spherical object in reflection confocal optical microscopy is considered. The image contrast is derived from the far-field scattering amplitude. Experimentally obtained images of the sphere are seen to be in good agreement with the theoretical prediction.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 3, 1996
Published: November 15, 1996
Wieland Weise, Pavel Zinin, Tony Wilson, Andrew Briggs, and Siegfried Boseck, "Imaging of spheres with the confocal scanning optical microscope," Opt. Lett. 21, 1800-1802 (1996)