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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 5 — Apr. 26, 2012

Rigorous theory on elliptical mirror focusing for point scanning microscopy

Jian Liu, Jiubin Tan, Tony Wilson, and Cien Zhong  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 6175-6184 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.006175


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Abstract

A rigorous elliptical mirror focusing formula based on spherical wave transformation is derived as a kind of imaging technique with high NA for potential applications in molecule imaging, spectroscopy and industrial artifact microscopy. An apodization factor is given and used to compare the energy conversation rules in lens transmission and parabolic and elliptical mirror reflections. Simulation results indicate that the axial HFWHM of elliptical and parabolic mirrors is about 80% of the corresponding HFWHM of lens in case of NA = 1 and φs = 0, and the side lobe noise is also slightly lower than that of lens, but the transverse HFWHM of mirrors is comparatively wider despite the width of main lobe is still smaller. In comparison with parabolic mirror based system, an elliptical mirror based system is potentially promising in aberration control of incident beam when the aperture of mirror is enlarged to adapt a large stage or specimen container at a small beam shading ratio.

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OCIS Codes
(180.1790) Microscopy : Confocal microscopy
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: January 19, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 26, 2012
Published: March 1, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Jian Liu, Jiubin Tan, Tony Wilson, and Cien Zhong, "Rigorous theory on elliptical mirror focusing for point scanning microscopy," Opt. Express 20, 6175-6184 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-6-6175


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