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We demonstrate a simple and cost-efficient scanning confocal microscope setup for use in advanced physics laboratories. Designed from convenient commercial products, the implementation a 3D printed flexure stage allows for further cost reduction. Experiments exploring the thickness of a microscope slide and the surface of solid objects with height variation are presented as foundational components of undergraduate laboratory projects and demonstrate the accuracy of the setup on the micron scale.
Dr. Erik Brekke, Physics
physics, scanning confocal microscope
Reguilon, Antonio and Bethard, W, "A low cost confocal microscope" (2023). Student Presentations. 78.