Novel Functions in Microscopy Realized by Patterned Photonic Crystals

Yoshihiko INOUE

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E90-C    No.5    pp.1046-1054
Publication Date: 2007/05/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e90-c.5.1046
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Recent Advances in Integrated Photonic Devices)
polarization,  photonic crystal,  integrated optics,  image processing,  

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Autocloned photonic crystals have corrugated multilayer structure. By related process technology, we can easily fabricate an array of polarizers or waveplates. Patterned photonic crystals are versatile component of many optical systems. This paper focuses on their use in optical microscopy. The main topics are: 1. Use of polarization imaging in microscopy, 2. generation of radial/circular polarization by a polarizer having concentric corrugations, 3. a "longitudinal polarization slit" (a new component) and its function in confocal microscopy, and 4. a polarization converter for generating "z-polarized" light at the focal point. In every application above, autocloned photonic crystals play a central role.