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Optical Engineering

Quantitative low-cost webcam-based microscopy
Author(s): Gea O. F. Parikesit; Marten Darmawan; Amir Faisal
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Paper Abstract

Digital web cameras (popularly known as webcams) have recently gained a significant increase of relevance in the field of optical microscopy, in particular to allow for quick and do-it-yourself methods in developing low-cost and portable microscopes suitable for life sciences and engineering applications in low-resource areas. Unfortunately, these methods were published without any systematic explanation and quantitative assessment of the imaging performances. We reproduce these do-it-yourself methods, discuss the optical considerations that are relevant for them, and quantitatively compare their imaging performances to a commercial digital microscope in order to clarify both the advantages and disadvantages of the webcam-based microscopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 49(11) 113205 doi: 10.1117/1.3517747
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 49, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Gea O. F. Parikesit, Univ. Gadjah Mada (Indonesia)
Marten Darmawan, Univ. Gadjah Mada (Indonesia)
Amir Faisal, Univ. Gadjah Mada (Indonesia)

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