Optimized pupil-plane filters for confocal microscope point-spread function engineering

Opt. Lett., Vol. 25, No. 4, Feb. 2000, 245-247. M.A.A. Neil, R. Juskaitis, T. Wilson, Z.J. Laczik, & V. Sarafis

We present a new method of superresolving pupil-plane f ilter design in confocal microscopy in which wespecify the properties of the desired point-spread function and use an optimization procedure to determine asuitable pupil-plane f ilter. A new, f lexible method of f ilter implementation using reconfigurable binary opticalelements is described, and experimental results are presented.

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