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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2010
  • pp: 4154–4156

Flexible contrast for low-coherence interference microscopy by Fourier-plane filtering with a spatial light modulator

Stefan E. Schausberger, Bettina Heise, Christian Maurer, Stefan Bernet, Monika Ritsch-Marte, and David Stifter  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 24, pp. 4154-4156 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.004154


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Abstract

We propose a full-field low-coherence interference (LCI) microscope that can provide different contrast modes using Fourier-plane filtering by means of a spatial light modulator. By altering the phase and spatial frequencies of the backreflected wavefront from the sample arm of the interferometer, we are able to change the contrast in the depth-resolved LCI images. We demonstrate that different types of contrast modes, such as, e.g., spiral phase contrast, can successfully be emulated to provide specific enhancement of internal structures and edges and to reveal complementary details within the samples under investigation.

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OCIS Codes
(070.0070) Fourier optics and signal processing : Fourier optics and signal processing
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy
(180.6900) Microscopy : Three-dimensional microscopy
(110.3175) Imaging systems : Interferometric imaging
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: August 30, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 16, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 2010
Published: December 10, 2010

Citation
Stefan E. Schausberger, Bettina Heise, Christian Maurer, Stefan Bernet, Monika Ritsch-Marte, and David Stifter, "Flexible contrast for low-coherence interference microscopy by Fourier-plane filtering with a spatial light modulator," Opt. Lett. 35, 4154-4156 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-24-4154


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