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Spatial Filter Based Bessel-Like Beam for Improved Penetration Depth Imaging in Fluorescence Microscopy

Purnapatra, Subhajit B and Bera, Sampa and Mondal, Partha Pratim (2012) Spatial Filter Based Bessel-Like Beam for Improved Penetration Depth Imaging in Fluorescence Microscopy. In: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 2 .

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep00692


Monitoring and visualizing specimens at a large penetration depth is a challenge. At depths of hundreds of microns, several physical effects (such as, scattering, PSF distortion and noise) deteriorate the image quality and prohibit a detailed study of key biological phenomena. In this study, we use a Bessel-like beam in-conjugation with an orthogonal detection system to achieve depth imaging. A Bessel-like penetrating diffractionless beam is generated by engineering the back-aperture of the excitation objective. The proposed excitation scheme allows continuous scanning by simply translating the detection PSF. This type of imaging system is beneficial for obtaining depth information from any desired specimen layer, including nano-particle tracking in thick tissue. As demonstrated by imaging the fluorescent polymer-tagged-CaCO3 particles and yeast cells in a tissue-like gel-matrix, the system offers a penetration depth that extends up to 650 mu m. This achievement will advance the field of fluorescence imaging and deep nano-particle tracking.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2013 09:12
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2013 09:12
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45265

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