A Multi-Functional Three-Dimentional Microscopic System With Structured Illumination and Optical Depth Scanning

Technology #ua16-181

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Hong Hua
Professor, Optical Sciences
Sheng-Huei Lu
Graduate Asscoiate, Optical Sciences
Managed By
Amy Phillips
Sr. Licensing Manager (520) 621-9579

Title: A Multi-Functional Three-Dimensional Microscopic System with Structured Illumination and Optical Depth Scanning


Invention: The technology is a telecentric microscope design that reconciles the resolution vs. depth of field issues associated with microscope systems. The microscope’s design maintains constant system magnification while it performs a depth scan with an electrically controlled vari-focal lens.


Background: The classic tradeoff between optical resolution and depth of field in microscopy forces a conventional system to take measurements at different depths and then reconstruct three dimensional data for an extended depth of field (EDOF), a time-consuming process due to the limited speed of mechanical movement and complexity of data extraction.



  • High-performance freeform optics metrology
  • Biomedical imaging



  • Achieves high resolution and depth of field information
  • Supports multiple imaging modalities
  • Addresses the limitations of conventional microdeflectometry and EDOF


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Refer to case number UA16-181