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Applications of ultrafast lasers to two-photon fluorescence and lifetime imaging
Author(s): Nicholas P. Barry; Kerry M. Hanson; Enrico Gratton; Robert M. Clegg; Martin J. Behne; Thea Mauro
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Paper Abstract

Fluorescent probes have found widespread use in biomedical sciences. Particularly since they can be targeted to cellular compartments and further more can report on the properties of their environment such as calcium concentration. Near infrared ultrafast lasers find increasing use for fluorescence applications since femtosecond pulses with a few milliwatts of average power are sufficient to induce significant two photon fluorescence from the probe when focused into typical samples. The nonlinear optical excitation process allows sectioned imaging of 3-D samples without use of a confocal pinhole. In this paper we describe two aspects of multiphoton microscopy: the two- photon excitation cross section and the fluorescence lifetime. Of interest is the wavelength characterization of two-photon excitation cross-sections of fluorescence probes. We slowly modulate (~500Hz) the intensity envelope of the input laser pulse train and analyze the emission signal in terms of the amplitude and phase of the harmonics of this modulation. In effect this is a power study that allows separation of different order effects. An application of ultrafast laser excitation that exploits many of the features outlined above is measurement of pH gradients in the skin. This is essential to skin barrier function and disruption of the gradient is thought to be an indicating factor in many skin diseases. A probe for which the fluorescence lifetime varies with pH is used. We thus are able to tackle problems associated with inhomogeneous labeling. We have developed a two-photon laser-scanning lifetime microscope and present pH maps of skin obtained with this instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4633, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast and Free-Electron Lasers, (1 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461387
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Nicholas P. Barry, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Kerry M. Hanson, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Enrico Gratton, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Robert M. Clegg, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Martin J. Behne, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Thea Mauro, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4633:
Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast and Free-Electron Lasers
Joseph Neev; Andreas Ostendorf; Glenn S. Edwards; Joseph Neev; Andreas Ostendorf; John Clark Sutherland, Editor(s)

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