Abstract

We describe a direct-view confocal microscope system in which a scanning single-mode optical fiber is used both to launch light into the microscope system and to detect the confocal signal. A fiber coupler is used to separate out the confocal signal into a fiber whose tip is scanned in synchronism with the launching fiber. Imaging the tip of this scanning fiber provides the confocal image directly.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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