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Ultrafast Laser Scanner Microscope: Review Of Design And Performance Testing
Author(s): D Vukobratovich; P H Bartels; D Hillman; R Kingston; A Landesman; M Sabb; R L Shoemaker; R Shack
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Paper Abstract

The ultrafast laser scanner microscope at the Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona, was designed as a prototype for a new class of optical microscopes to serve directly as an optical data-acquisition peripheral for a computer. The design called for the ability to digitally record large specimen areas at high spatial resolution within a short period of time. These design parameters imply very high data rates and very large data volumes. Optical systems with the required point-spread function, such as conventional high-aperture microscope objectives, typically offer a field-of-view diameter of approximately 250 jam. Because this field is small, areas of frame overlap must be rescanned. Consequently, in the design of the laser-scanner objective, a very wide field of view was specified. The laser scanner design work began in 1981, and the instrument was completed in 1986. It has since been transferred to the Department of Pathology, where it is being used to digitally record histopathologic images. The instrument design implements a number of novel features. The following is a critical review of design and instrument performance features, particularly the optomechanical aspects of the instrument. Previous papers cover the design evolution of the ultrafast laser scanner microscope.1-4

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 1988
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0892, Simulation and Modeling of Optical Systems, (9 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944330
Show Author Affiliations
D Vukobratovich, University of Arizona (United States)
P H Bartels, University of Arizona (United States)
D Hillman, University of Arizona (United States)
R Kingston, University of Arizona (United States)
A Landesman, University of Arizona (United States)
M Sabb, University of Arizona (United States)
R L Shoemaker, University of Arizona (United States)
R Shack, University of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0892:
Simulation and Modeling of Optical Systems
Robert E. Fischer; Donald C. O'Shea, Editor(s)

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