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Chiral chromophores for second harmonic microscopy
Author(s): Marie-Claire Schanne-Klein; Thierry Boulesteix; Emmanuel Beaurepaire; Martin-Pierre Sauviat
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Paper Abstract

The use of chiral harmonophores in second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy of lipid bilayers should enable one to obtain a signal even when the distribution of the chromophores is centrosymmetric. In order to determine optimal chiral molecules, we performed polarization-resolved second harmonic reflection experiments. We found that chirality must arise from an excitonic coupling rather than from an asymmetric center. We selectively labeled giant unilamellar lipid vesicles and cell membranes with such a molecule, namely an acridine substituted Troger's base, as demonstrated by two-photon-excited fluorescence microscopy. We performed preliminary SHG microscopy experiments, but the poor efficiency of the current form of our molecule does not allow us to demonstrate chirality effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5139, Confocal, Multiphoton, and Nonlinear Microscopic Imaging, (9 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.499754
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Marie-Claire Schanne-Klein, INSERM, CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique (France)
Thierry Boulesteix, INSERM, CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique (France)
Emmanuel Beaurepaire, INSERM, CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique (France)
Martin-Pierre Sauviat, INSERM, CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5139:
Confocal, Multiphoton, and Nonlinear Microscopic Imaging
Tony Wilson, Editor(s)

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