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Microscopy research and technique 63 (1): 18-22 (2004)

Practical limits of resolution in confocal and non-linear microscopy

G Cox , CJ Sheppard
AbstractCalculated and measured resolution figures are presented for confocal microscopes with different pinhole sizes and for nonlinear (2-photon and second harmonic) microscopes. A modest degree of super-resolution is predicted for a confocal microscope but in practice this is not achievable and confocal fluorescence gives little resolution improvement over widefield. However, practical non-linear microscopes do approach their theoretical resolution and therefore show no resolution disadvantage relative to confocal microscopes in spite of the longer excitation wavelength.Copyright 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
ISSN: 1059-910X