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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 5 — Mar. 7, 2005
  • pp: 1395–1405

Wave front engineering for microscopy of living cells

Valentina Emiliani, Dan Cojoc, Enrico Ferrari, Valeria Garbin, Christiane Durieux, Maite Coppey-Moisan, and Enzo Di Fabrizio  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 5, pp. 1395-1405 (2005)

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A new method to perform simultaneously three dimensional optical sectioning and optical manipulation is presented. The system combines a multi trap optical tweezers with a video microscope to enable axial scanning of living cells while maintaining the trapping configuration at a fixed position. This is achieved compensating the axial movement of the objective by shaping the wave front of the trapping beam with properly diffractive optical elements displayed on a computer controlled spatial light modulator. Our method has been validated in three different experimental configurations. In the first, we decouple the position of a trapping plane from the axial movements of the objective and perform optical sectioning of a circle of beads kept on a fixed plane. In a second experiment, we extend the method to living cell microscopy by showing that mechanical constraints can be applied on the dorsal surface of a cell whilst performing its fluorescence optical sectioning. In the third experiment, we trapped beads in a three dimensional geometry and perform, always through the same objective, an axial scan of the volume delimited by the beads.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(180.6900) Microscopy : Three-dimensional microscopy

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: January 13, 2005
Revised Manuscript: February 17, 2005
Published: March 7, 2005

Valentina Emiliani, Dan Cojoc, Enrico Ferrari, Valeria Garbin, Christiane Durieux, Maite Coppey-Moisan, and Enzo Di Fabrizio, "Wave front engineering for microscopy of living cells," Opt. Express 13, 1395-1405 (2005)

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