Optical aberrations and objective choice in multicolor confocal microscopy.


Journal Article

Refinements in design have simplified confocal microscopy to the extent that it has become a standard research tool in cell biology. However, as confocal microscopes have become more powerful, they have also become more demanding of their optical components. In fact, optical aberrations that cause subtle defects in image quality in wide-field microscopy can have devastating effects in confocal microscopy. Unfortunately, the exacting optical requirements of confocal microscopy are often hidden by the optical system that guarantees a sharp image, even when the microscope is performing poorly. Optics manufacturers provide a wide range of microscope objectives, each designed for specific applications. This report demonstrates how the trade-offs involved in objective design can affect confocal microscopy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dunn, KW; Wang, E

Published Date

  • March 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 542 - 550

PubMed ID

  • 10723569

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10723569

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0736-6205

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2144/00283rr03


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England