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Inhomogenous polarization in scanning optical microscopy
Author(s): Kathleen S. Youngworth; Thomas G. Brown
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Paper Abstract

Polarization control and analysis have proven to be a powerful tool both in conventional and confocal microscopies, but most of these approaches have used homogeneously polarized pupils. Other groups have had varying levels of success producing beams with spatially inhomogeneous polarization. In this paper, we describe the generation and focusing properties of such beams and their application to scanning laser microscopy. We specifically consider microscopy using the lowest-order azimuthally polarized beam.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3919, Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition Processing VII, (2 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384181
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Kathleen S. Youngworth, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Thomas G. Brown, Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3919:
Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition Processing VII
Jose-Angel Conchello; Carol J. Cogswell; Andrew G. Tescher; Tony Wilson, Editor(s)

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