Confocal Measurement Systems

  • Axel DongesEmail author
  • Reinhard Noll
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 188)


We give an overview of confocal microscopy, discuss the physical principle and the achievable resolution. Different kinds of scanners are presented and some typical applications. In the second section we show, that a confocal measurement system can also be used to measure the surface profile of non-transparent objects. Finally, we discuss optical disc scanning systems.


Optical Disc Beam Splitter Compact Disc Digital Versatile Disc Pinhole Diameter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.nta Hochschule Isny—University of Applied SciencesIsnyGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer-Institut für LasertechnikAachenGermany

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