The theory of the direct-view confocal microscope
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2011
1981 Blackwell Science Ltd
Journal of Microscopy
Volume 124, Issue 2, pages 107–117, November 1981
How to Cite
Sheppard, C. J. R. and Wilson, T. (1981), The theory of the direct-view confocal microscope. Journal of Microscopy, 124: 107–117. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.1981.tb00304.x
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2011
- Revised paper accepted 10 March 1981
A theory is presented which describes imaging in both conventional and scanning microscopes. This theory embraces conventional microscopes with partially coherent source and scanning microscopes with partially coherent effective source and detector, including confocal microscopes.
The theory is applicable to the direct-view confocal microscope of Petrán̂, the design of which is discussed. This microscope combines the resolution and depth discrimination improvements of confocal microscopy with the ease of operation of the conventional microscope.