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Optical Imaging and Microscopy

Techniques and Advanced Systems

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  • © 2003


  • Contributing authors are unquestioned leaders of their respective fields
  • Represents a unique compilation of valuable and novel scientific work that is scarcely to be found elsewhere
  • Draws together the fields of optical microscopy and optical data storage
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Part of the book series: Springer Series in Optical Sciences (SSOS, volume 87)

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About this book

The motivation to collect contributions from a wide variety of subjects in cont- porary optics, centered around optical imaging, originates from two ideas. First, it is easy to recognise that certain ?elds of contemporary optics have been devel- ing in quite a parallel manner. Sometimes workers of the di?erent ?elds discover each other’s contributions, but mostly they do not. One of our major goals is to show how closely these contributions are inter-related. Such an example is the - velopment of scanning/confocal optical microscopy and optical data storage. In the former, imaging in the classical sense, occurs by scanning a tightly focused laser beam over the sample. In optical data storage imaging does not occur as the aim is to detect pits, rather than to image them. Nevertheless, the optical systems of these two arrangements have striking resemblance and hence their governing equations are practically the same. The second motivation of this book is to collect contri- tions from imaging related subjects that were not previously published in this form or they are di?cult to access. Such examples are a chapter on white light interfer- etry, surface plasmon microscopy or the characterisation of high numerical aperture microscope objective lenses. We are extremely pleased that we have contributions in this book from the - ternational leaders of individual ?elds. It has been our privilege to work with these authors and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them all.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. High Aperture Optical Systems and Super-Resolution

  2. Nonlinear Techniques in Optical Imaging

  3. Miscellaneous Methods in Optical Imaging


From the reviews:

"The editors have selected a well known group of contributors who have written a straightforward … book. The well-illustrated volume is organized in three parts … . I found the descriptions of the theory and the details of the instrumentation very helpful. Important references are included, as in an index. I highly recommend this book for an audience of scientists, engineers, graduate students and optical microscopists." (Barry R. Masters, Optics and Photonics News, Vol. 15 (12), December, 2004)

"This book is collecting for the first time contributions from imaging related subjects that were not previously published in this form or they are difficult to access. … This text on contemporary optical systems is intended for optical researchers and engineers, graduate students and optical microscopists in the biological and biomedical sciences." (D. Weder, Optik, Vol. 115 (10), 2004)

"The book presents a rather eclectic collection of optical techniques. … the audience for this book will be graduate-level physics students or physical science researchers seeking to learn more about a specific technique." (DeVon W. Griffin, The Industrial Physicist, October, 2004)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Physics, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, London, UK

    Peter Török

  • Department of Physics, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    Fu-Jen Kao

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