Miyamoto, Shuji Tokushima University
Ichikawa, Ryuji Tokushima University
謝, 宜達 Tokushima University
Confocal laser microscopy (CLM) is a powerful tool in life science research and industrial inspection, and its image acquisition rate is boosted by scan-less imaging techniques. However, the optical-intensity-based image contrast in CLM makes it difficult to visualize transparent non-fluorescent objects or reflective objects with nanometer unevenness. In this paper, we introduce an optical frequency comb (OFC) to scan-less CLM to give the optical-phase-based image contrast. One-dimensional (1D) image pixels of a sample are separately encoded onto OFC modes via 1D spectral encoding by using OFC as an optical carrier of amplitude and phase with a vast number of discrete frequency channels. Then, line-field confocal information of amplitude and phase are decoded from a mode-resolved OFC amplitude and phase spectra obtained by dual-comb spectroscopy. The proposed confocal phase imaging will further expand the application fields of CLM.
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
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