We demonstrate the use of patterned dichroic surfaces with reflective optical power to create multiple optical paths in a single lens system. The application of these surfaces enables a micro-endoscope to accommodate multiple imaging technologies with only one optical system, making the packaging more compact and reliable. The optical paths are spectrally separated using different wavelengths for each path. The dichroic surfaces are designed such that the visible wavelengths transmit through the surfaces optically unaffected, but the near-infrared wavelengths are reflected in a telescope-like configuration with the curved dichroic surfaces providing reflective optical power. We demonstrate wide-field visible monochromatic imaging and microscopic near-infrared imaging using the same set of lenses. The on-axis measured resolution of the wide-field imaging configuration is approximately 14 µm, and the measured resolution of the microscopic imaging configuration is approximately 2 µm. Wide-field white-light imaging of an object is also demonstrated for a qualitative perspective on the imaging capabilities. Other configurations and applications in fields such as optical metrology are discussed to expand on the versatility of the demonstrated optical system.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Engineering (miscellaneous)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering