Imaging Using Wave Optics

  • Jay Newman

A number of standard and novel methods to optically image biological and other materials are discussed in this chapter to give the reader a sense of the large variety of tools available. We start with a survey of the arsenal of newer light microscopies available for the study of biological materials, in particular. Another wavelike property of light, its polarization, can be used in several optical polarization methods to study biomolecules. Earlier, we discussed the important imaging technique of MRI in Chapter 18; this chapter concludes with a discussion of two other wave-related imaging techniques: electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction/computed tomography (CT) imaging with x-rays.

The New Light Microscopies

Aside from the resolution needed to form an image of a microscopic object, discussed in the previous chapter for a standard compound microscope, a minimal amount of contrastis also needed to clearly detect an image. Contrast can be defined in terms of the visibility of a...


Circular Dichroism Compute Tomography Number Optical Path Difference Electric Field Vector Multiphoton Microscopy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay Newman
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUnion CollegeSchenectadyUSA

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