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Structured illumination for 3D subdiffraction reconstruction of refractive-index and fluorescence (Conference Presentation)

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Refractive-index (RI) is an inherent optical property of materials that can provide important biochemical and biophysical information about a biological sample. Optical-diffraction-tomography (ODT) is a current standard to obtain quantitative three-dimensional RI distributions, by measuring optical fields diffracted from the sample by rotated illumination beams. This method for ODT also synthetically enlarges the microscope’s lateral spatial-frequency support, and thus images the RI distribution with lateral resolution beyond the microscope's coherent diffraction limit. Fluorescence microscopy offers a complementary set of biological insights by offering imaging capabilities with molecular specificity. Analogous to ODT, super-resolution fluorescence techniques can offer these insights at spatial resolutions beyond the microscope's incoherent diffraction limit. Unfortunately, such super-resolution techniques are generally incompatible with ODT and a generalized sub-diffraction technique has been difficult to find, which hinders a cohesive, high-resolution, multimodal analysis of biological samples. We experimentally introduce, for the first time to our knowledge, a novel, high resolution, optical system that uses structured illumination (SI) to enable 3D sub-diffraction resolution imaging for both fluorescence and RI. We demonstrate sub-diffraction resolution, multimodal SI imaging of HT29 and MCF7 cells fluorescently stained for F-actin, such that the 3D RI and fluorescent distributions may offer unique, but complementary, insights into the biological samples.

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Date Published: 24 April 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10074, Quantitative Phase Imaging III, 100740N (24 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2253408
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Shwetadwip Chowdhury, Duke Univ. (United States)
Joseph A. Izatt, Duke Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10074:
Quantitative Phase Imaging III
Gabriel Popescu; YongKeun Park, Editor(s)

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