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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2011
  • pp: 3051–3053

Full-field supercritical angle fluorescence microscopy for live cell imaging

Thomas Barroca, Karla Balaa, Julie Delahaye, Sandrine Lévêque-Fort, and Emmanuel Fort  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 16, pp. 3051-3053 (2011)

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We introduce a full-field fluorescence imaging technique with axial confinement of about 100 nm at the sample/substrate interface. Contrary to standard surface imaging techniques, this confinement is obtained through emission filtering. This technique is based on supercritical emission selectivity. It can be implemented on any epifluorescence microscope with a commercial high numerical aperture objective and offers a real-time surface imaging capability. This technique is of particular interest for live cell membrane and adhesion studies. Using human embryonic kidney cells, we show that one can observe simultaneously the surface and in-depth cell phenomena.

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OCIS Codes
(170.2520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Fluorescence microscopy
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: May 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2011
Published: August 5, 2011

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Thomas Barroca, Karla Balaa, Julie Delahaye, Sandrine Lévêque-Fort, and Emmanuel Fort, "Full-field supercritical angle fluorescence microscopy for live cell imaging," Opt. Lett. 36, 3051-3053 (2011)

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