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Recent developments in widely tunable and high peak power ultrafast laser sources and their adoption in biological imaging
Author(s): J. Klein
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Paper Abstract

Widely tunable ultrafast lasers have enabled a large number of biological imaging techniques including point scanning multiphoton excited fluorescence (MPEF), SHG/THG and stimulated Raman imaging. Tunable ultrafast lasers offer spectral agility, covering the entire relative transparency window in live tissue (700-1300nnm) and flexibility with multi-color, synchronized outputs to support sophisticated label free techniques (e.g. stimulated Raman modalities). More recently newly available high peak power lasers based on Ytterbium technology drive advances in two-photon light-sheet, 3 photon excited fluorescence and holographic patterning for optogenetics photo-stimulation. These laser platforms offer a unique blend of compactness, ease of use and cost efficiency, and ideally complement tunable platforms typically based on Ti:Sapphire and IR optical parametric oscillators (OPO). We present various types of ultrafast laser architectures, link their optical characteristics to key bio-imaging requirements, and present relevant examples and images illustrating their impact in biological science. In particular we review the use of ultrafast lasers in optogenetics for photo-stimulation of networks of neurons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2016
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9712, Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XVI, 971211 (14 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2213061
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J. Klein, Spectra-Physics, a Newport Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9712:
Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XVI
Ammasi Periasamy; Peter T. C. So; Karsten König, Editor(s)

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