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Optical Imaging and Microscopy

Techniques and Advanced Systems

  • Peter Török
  • Fu-Jen Kao
  • 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


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 87)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. High Aperture Optical Systems and Super-Resolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joseph Braat, Peter Dirksen, Augustus J. E. M. Janssen
      Pages 45-85
    3. Roy Pike, Deeph Chana, Pelagia Neocleous, Shi-hong Jiang
      Pages 87-110
    4. Sherif Sherif, Thomas Cathey
      Pages 111-142
    5. Matthew R. Arnison, Carol J. Cogswell, Colin J. R. Sheppard, Peter Török
      Pages 143-165
  3. Nonlinear Techniques in Optical Imaging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. François Lagugné Labarthet, Yuen Ron Shen
      Pages 169-196
    3. M. Müller, G. J. Brakenhoff
      Pages 197-217
  4. Miscellaneous Methods in Optical Imaging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Chris Dainty
      Pages 235-255
    3. C. J. R. Sheppard, M. Roy
      Pages 257-273
    4. M. G. Somekh
      Pages 275-307
    5. Stephen A. Boppart
      Pages 309-337
    6. Alexander Rohrbach, Jan Huisken, Ernst H. K. Stelzer
      Pages 357-388
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 389-398

About this book


This text on contemporary optical systems is intended for optical researchers and engineers, graduate students and optical microscopists in the biological and biomedical sciences. It consists of three parts: The first discusses high-aperture optical systems, which form the backbone of optical microscopes. Here particular attention is paid to optical data storage. The second part is on the use of non-linear optical techniques, including non-linear optical excitation (second and third harmonic generation and two-photon microscopy) and non-linear spectroscopy (CARS). The final part of the book presents miscellaneous techniques that are either novel or well known but finding new applications. An example of the latter is adaptive optics, which is a well-established method, for example, in astronomy. However, its application in eye imaging in combination with high power pulsed lasers, opens a novel approach to eye surgery.


Apertur adaptive optics fluorescence imaging microscopy nonlinear optics optical coherence tomography (OCT) optical imaging optical microscope optics photonics spectroscopy surgery tissue tomography

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Török
    • 1
  • Fu-Jen Kao
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Blackett LaboratoryImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsNational Sun Yat-sen UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan

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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)