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1. (WO2018202502) OPTICAL ARRANGEMENT FOR A CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE, CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/202502    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2018/060590
Publication Date: Fri Nov 09 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Apr 26 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: G02B 3/14
G02B 21/00
G02F 1/29
Applicants: LEICA MICROSYSTEMS CMS GMBH
Inventors: BIRK, Holger
Title: OPTICAL ARRANGEMENT FOR A CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE, CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE
Abstract:
The application features an optical arrangement (1) for a confocal microscope (100), comprising a pinhole (3) with a hole (30), and a lens array (11) including at least one lens (2) which can be focused onto the hole (30) in the pinhole (3), characterized in that the lens (2) has a variable focus. Also featured is a confocal microscope (100) comprising an optical arrangement (1) of said type. According to a disclosed method for operating a confocal microscope (100) comprising a pinhole (3) with a hole (30), a light beam (4) is focused onto the hole (30) in the pinhole (3) by a variable focus lens (2, 20).