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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BioPhotonics
Feb 2007
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., has licensed its adaptive scanning optical microscope technology to Thorlabs Inc. of Newton, N.J. The microscope — which the institute developed and Thorlabs will market — uses a mirror and camera to simultaneously scan and photograph the specimen, creating a mosaic out of the resulting images. This gives researchers the potential to view larger areas of a sample under higher magnification.


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camera
A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
mirror
A smooth, highly polished surface, for reflecting light, that may be plane or curved if wanting to focus and or magnify the image formed by the mirror. The actual reflecting surface is usually a thin coating of silver or aluminum on glass.
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