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Opt Express. 2011 Jan 17;19(2):1378-84. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.001378.

High resolution cellular imaging with nonlinear optical infrared microscopy.

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Division of Convergence Technology, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon, South Korea.

Abstract

We developed a nonlinear optical infrared microscope exploiting a thermally induced refractive index change in the mid-infrared regime and imaged a single biological cell with high spatial resolution that was not possible in conventional infrared microscopes. A refractive index change of a sample induced by infrared (~3.5 μm) absorption was probed by a visible (633 nm) laser beam. Thus the chemical specificity stems from the spectral absorbance of specimen and the spatial resolution from the short wavelength visible radiation. A reflecting objective (NA0.5) was used to focus the infrared and visible beams on the sample plane, and the sample was raster-scanned for 2-D imaging. The high resolution beyond the infrared diffraction limit was demonstrated by imaging fine grating lines made up of epoxy grooves (830 lines/mm). The probe wavelength dependence of the spatial resolution was investigated by imaging polystyrene beads. We found that the resolution was as small as 0.7 μm with 633 nm probe wavelength.

PMID:
21263679
DOI:
10.1364/OE.19.001378
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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