Low polarization microscope objectives

Brian Daugherty, Russell A Chipman

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Low polarization, high numerical aperture microscope objectives ideal for polarization sensitive applications are designed, fabricated, and measured. A microscope objective is designed to meet the application requirements using Code V. Performance of typical AR coatings is examined and determined to be insufficient to meet the polarization performance desired. Custom AR coatings are optimized using an in house polarization ray tracing program to reduce the objectives diattenuation. The resulting microscope objectives perform about 5 times better than our low polarization Nikon objectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Optical Design Conference 2010 - Jackson Hole, WY, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2010Jun 17 2010


OtherInternational Optical Design Conference 2010
CountryUnited States
CityJackson Hole, WY


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Daugherty, B., & Chipman, R. A. (2010). Low polarization microscope objectives. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 7652). [76521S] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.869110