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Optical sectioning microscopes with no moving parts using a micro-stripe array light emitting diode

Poher, V. and Zhang, H. and Kennedy, G.T. and Griffin, C. and Oddos, S. and Gu, E. and Elson, D.S. and Girkin, J.M. and French, P.M.W. and Dawson, M.D. and Neil, M.A. (2007) Optical sectioning microscopes with no moving parts using a micro-stripe array light emitting diode. Optics Express, 15 (18). 11196 -11206. ISSN 1094-4087

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Abstract

We describe an optical sectioning microscopy system with no moving parts based on a micro-structured stripe-array light emitting diode (LED). By projecting arbitrary line or grid patterns onto the object, we are able to implement a variety of optical sectioning microscopy techniques such as grid-projection structured illumination and line scanning confocal microscopy, switching from one imaging technique to another without modifying the microscope setup. The micro-structured LED and driver are detailed and depth discrimination capabilities are measured and calculated.