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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2008
  • pp: 2302–2304

Miniaturization and defocus correction for objective-coupled planar illumination microscopy

Diwakar Turaga and Timothy E. Holy  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 20, pp. 2302-2304 (2008)

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Recently, a light sheet-based technique called objective-coupled planar illumination (OCPI) microscopy [ Holekamp et al., Neuron 57, 661 (2008) ] was shown to permit low-phototoxicity, high-speed, three-dimensional fluorescence imaging of extended tissue samples. Here, we introduce two major improvements in OCPI microscopy. First, we miniaturize the objective coupler by using a uniaxial gradient-index lens to produce the light sheet. Second, we demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that refractive index mismatch at the fluid/tissue interface causes a significant defocus aberration. By introducing the ability to tune the angle of the light sheet, we show that defocus correction in a miniaturized OCPI microscope leads to a significant improvement in image sharpness deeper into tissue.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2760) Imaging systems : Gradient-index lenses
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(180.6900) Microscopy : Three-dimensional microscopy
(170.2945) Medical optics and biotechnology : Illumination design

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Original Manuscript: July 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 14, 2008
Published: October 7, 2008

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Diwakar Turaga and Timothy E. Holy, "Miniaturization and defocus correction for objective-coupled planar illumination microscopy," Opt. Lett. 33, 2302-2304 (2008)

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