Photon Detectors for Confocal Microscopy
In its most general form, confocal microscopy encompasses all optical techniques whose illumination and detection scheme examines each point in an object in the absence of interfering information from neighboring points. Recently, confocal techniques have expanded to encompass not only morphology but disciplines as far afield as physiology, spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetime analysis, and even DNA sequencing. As a result, the requirements and design constraints on appropriate detection systems are as varied as the fields to which the technique is applied.
KeywordsQuantum Efficiency Noise Source Photon Detector Photovoltaic Effect Negative Electron Affinity
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