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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 1999
  • pp: 1832–1834

Single-molecule detection with a two-photon fluorescence microscope with fast-scanning capabilities and polarization sensitivity

Richard A. Farrer, Michael J. R. Previte, Christopher E. Olson, Lynn Anne Peyser, John T. Fourkas, and Peter T. C. So  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 24, pp. 1832-1834 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.001832


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Abstract

We describe a laser-scanning two-photon fluorescence microscope that is capable of observing single molecules with excellent temporal resolution and three-dimensional spatial resolution. To demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument we present single-molecule fluorescence data obtained in several different scanning modes. In addition, a polarization-sensitive detection scheme can provide detailed three-dimensional information about the orientations of molecules in any of these scanning modes.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes

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Richard A. Farrer, Michael J. R. Previte, Christopher E. Olson, Lynn Anne Peyser, John T. Fourkas, and Peter T. C. So, "Single-molecule detection with a two-photon fluorescence microscope with fast-scanning capabilities and polarization sensitivity," Opt. Lett. 24, 1832-1834 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-24-1832


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