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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2009
  • pp: 3110–3112

Wide-field high-resolution surface-plasmon interference microscopy

Michael G. Somekh, Graham Stabler, Shugang Liu, Jing Zhang, and Chung W. See  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 20, pp. 3110-3112 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.003110


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Abstract

We describe a wide-field interferometric surface-plasmon microscope capable of submicrometer resolution. The system is a speckle-illuminated Linnik interferometer, which behaves as a wide-field analog of a scanning heterodyne interferometer. The presented images demonstrate contrast reversals at different defocus while retaining submicrometer lateral resolution. The contrast mechanisms are discussed as well as the instrumental requirements of the technique.

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OCIS Codes
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.5730) Other areas of optics : Resolution

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: May 8, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 10, 2009
Published: October 6, 2009

Virtual Issues
Vol. 4, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Michael G. Somekh, Graham Stabler, Shugang Liu, Jing Zhang, and Chung W. See, "Wide-field high-resolution surface-plasmon interference microscopy," Opt. Lett. 34, 3110-3112 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-20-3110


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