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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 7 — Mar. 28, 2011
  • pp: 6836–6844

Simultaneous near-field and far-field fluorescence microscopy of single molecules

Thomas Ruckstuhl, Dorinel Verdes, Christian M. Winterflood, and Stefan Seeger  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 6836-6844 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.006836


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Abstract

A new microscope objective is presented for the parallel fluorescence detection below and above the critical angle of total internal reflection with single molecule sensitivity. The collection of supercritical angle fluorescence (SAF) leads to a strongly surface confined detection volume whereas the collection of undercritical angle fluorescence (UAF) allows for the observation of deeper axial sections of the specimen. By simultaneous detection of the near-field-mediated SAF and the far-field UAF emission modes the z-position of emitters can be obtained on the nanometer scale. We investigate the point spread function of the optics and demonstrate nanoscopic z-localization of single molecules. The oil immersion objective, developed for use on common microscope bodies, opens up new possibilities for the study of topographies and dynamics at surfaces and on membranes.

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OCIS Codes
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: February 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2011
Published: March 24, 2011

Virtual Issues
Vol. 6, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Thomas Ruckstuhl, Dorinel Verdes, Christian M. Winterflood, and Stefan Seeger, "Simultaneous near-field and far-field fluorescence microscopy of single molecules," Opt. Express 19, 6836-6844 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-7-6836


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