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Common-path digital holographic microscopy for 3D nanoparticle localization
Author(s): Krisztian Neutsch; Lena Gö­ring; Nils C. Gerhardt
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Paper Abstract

Nanoparticle localization is an important tool for a wide range of applications from biomedical imaging to fluid mechanics and particle dynamics. We present a method for three-dimensional localization of micro- and nanoparticles based on a commonpath digital holographic microscope. In addition to amplitude images of conventional light microscopy, digital holography utilizes additional phase information, which allows three-dimensional representation of objects. While the lateral resolution is diffraction limited, quantitative phase measurement in combination with a novel depth-filtering technique enable an axial localization accuracy which exceeds the lateral resolution by far. This contributes to a more exact localization of particles and allows detailed characterization of structures. Our common-path interferometric setup offers high stability, which is a critical aspect in interferometry, as both reference beam and object beam follow the same optical path. Since it takes advantage of self-referencing it is also very insensitive for instabilities in the sample or sample path. The samples contain nanoparticles of varying size located in a transparent carrier material. They are placed in reflection geometry and illuminated by a diode laser at 760 nm. Their reflection is captured by a microscope objective, which provides the necessary magnification. A phase sensitive sCMOS-camera captures the image, which is then reconstructed using the angular spectrum method and a number of numerical correction methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2018
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10726, Nanoimaging and Nanospectroscopy VI, 1072616 (5 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2321175
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Krisztian Neutsch, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Lena Gö­ring, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Nils C. Gerhardt, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10726:
Nanoimaging and Nanospectroscopy VI
Prabhat Verma; Alexander Egner, Editor(s)

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