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Fast Mueller linear polarization modality at the usual rate of a laser scanning microscope
Author(s): Sylvain Rivet; Matthieu Dubreuil; Adrian Bradu; Yann Le Grand
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Paper Abstract

Mueller microscopes enable imaging of the optical anisotropic properties of biological or non-biological samples, in phase and amplitude, at sub-micrometer scale. However, the development of Mueller microscopes faces instrumental challenges: whilst adjusting the microscope, the operator needs a polarimetric image as guidance and the production of polarimetric parameters must be sufficiently quick to ensure fast imaging. To mitigate this issue, in this paper, a full Mueller scanning microscope based on spectral encoding of polarization is presented. The spectrum collected every 10 ms for each position of the optical beam on the specimen, incorporates all the information needed to produce the full Mueller matrix, which allows simultaneous images of all the polarimetric parameters at the unequalled rate of 1.5 Hz (for an image of 256×256 pixels). The design of the optical blocks allows for the real-time display of linear birefringent images which serve as guidance for the operator. In addition, the instrument has the capability to easily switch its functionality from a Mueller to a Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscope, providing a pixel-to-pixel matching of the images produced by the two modalities. The device performance is illustrated by imaging various unstained biological specimens.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2019
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 11076, Advances in Microscopic Imaging II, 1107616 (22 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2526850
Show Author Affiliations
Sylvain Rivet, Lab. d’Optique et de Magnétisme, Univ. de Bretagne Occidentale, IBSAM (France)
Matthieu Dubreuil, Lab. d’Optique et de Magnétisme, Univ. de Bretagne Occidentale, IBSAM (France)
Adrian Bradu, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
Yann Le Grand, Lab. d’Optique et de Magnétisme, Univ. de Bretagne Occidentale, IBSAM (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11076:
Advances in Microscopic Imaging II
Emmanuel Beaurepaire; Francesco Saverio Pavone; Peter T. C. So, Editor(s)

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