This text on contemporary optical systems is intended for optical researchers and engineers, graduate students and optical microscopists in the biological and biomedical sciences. This second edition contains two completely new chapters. In addition most of the chapters from the first edition have been revised and updated. Optical Imaging and Microscopy consists of three parts: The first discusses high-aperture optical systems, which form the backbone of optical microscopes. An example is a chapter new in the second edition on the emerging field of high numerical aperture diffractive lenses which seems to have particular promise in improving the correction of lenses. In this part particular attention is paid to optical data storage. The second part is on the use of non-linear optical techniques, including nonlinear optical excitation (total internal reflection fluorescence, second and third harmonic generation and two photon microscopy) and non-linear spectroscopy (CARS). The final part of Optical Imaging and Microscopy presents miscellaneous techniques that are either novel or well known but finding new applications. An example of the latter is photonic force microscopy that is now rapidly becoming an exciting and indispensable tool in shedding light on the inner working of certain cells or measuring nano-mechanical properties of single molecules.
Reviews from the first edition:
"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)
- Polarized Light Microscopy - Exploring Living Cells and Molecular Dynamics
- Pol-Scope - Aperture Coding
- Diffractive Optical Lenses
- Characterizing High Numerical Aperture Microscope Objective Lenses
- Diffractive Read-Out of Optical Disks
- Superresolution in Scanning Optical Systems
- Nonlinear Optical Microscopy
- Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Imaging
- Parametric Nonlinear Optical Techniques in Microscopy
- Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging in Optical Microscopy
- Adaptive Optics
- White-Light Phase-Shifting Interferometry
- Surface Plasmon and Surface Wave Microscopy
- Optical Coherence Tomography
- Applications of Optical Microscopy in Materials Science
- Near-Field Optical Microscopy and Application to Nano-Photonics
- Optical Trapping
- Aperture Coding in Optical Microscopy
- Extended Field-of-View Optical Systems
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