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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Mar. 25, 2013
  • pp: 7456–7477

Wavelet-based decomposition of high resolution surface plasmon microscopy V (Z) curves at visible and near infrared wavelengths

E. Boyer-Provera, A. Rossi, L. Oriol, C. Dumontet, A. Plesa, L. Berguiga, J. Elezgaray, A. Arneodo, and F. Argoul  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 7456-7477 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.007456


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Abstract

Surface plasmon resonance is conventionally conducted in the visible range and, during the past decades, it has proved its efficiency in probing molecular scale interactions. Here we elaborate on the first implementation of a high resolution surface plasmon microscope that operates at near infrared (IR) wavelength for the specific purpose of living matter imaging. We analyze the characteristic angular and spatial frequencies of plasmon resonance in visible and near IR lights and how these combined quantities contribute to the V (Z) response of a scanning surface plasmon microscope (SSPM). Using a space-frequency wavelet decomposition, we show that the V (Z) response of the SSPM for red (632.8 nm) and near IR (1550 nm) lights includes the frequential response of plasmon resonance together with additional parasitic frequencies induced by the objective pupil. Because the objective lens pupil profile is often unknown, this space-frequency decomposition turns out to be very useful to decipher the characteristic frequencies of the experimental V (Z) curves. Comparing the visible and near IR light responses of the SSPM, we show that our objective lens, primarily designed for visible light microscopy, is still operating very efficiently in near IR light. Actually, despite their loss in resolution, the SSPM images obtained with near IR light remain contrasted for a wider range of defocus values from negative to positive Z values. We illustrate our theoretical modeling with a preliminary experimental application to blood cell imaging.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(110.3080) Imaging systems : Infrared imaging
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(240.5420) Optics at surfaces : Polaritons
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(110.3175) Imaging systems : Interferometric imaging
(110.7410) Imaging systems : Wavelets

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: December 14, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 29, 2013
Published: March 19, 2013

Virtual Issues
Vol. 8, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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E. Boyer-Provera, A. Rossi, L. Oriol, C. Dumontet, A. Plesa, L. Berguiga, J. Elezgaray, A. Arneodo, and F. Argoul, "Wavelet-based decomposition of high resolution surface plasmon microscopy V (Z) curves at visible and near infrared wavelengths," Opt. Express 21, 7456-7477 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-6-7456


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