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Dynamic quantitative phase images of pond life, insect wings, and in vitro cell cultures
Author(s): Katherine Creath
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents images and data of live biological samples taken with a novel Linnik interference microscope. The specially designed optical system enables instantaneous and 3D video measurements of dynamic motions within and among live cells without the need for contrast agents. This "label-free", vibration insensitive imaging system enables measurement of biological objects in reflection using harmless light levels with current magnifications of 10X (NA 0.3) and 20X (NA 0.5) and wavelengths of 660 nm and 785 nm over fields of view from several hundred microns up to a millimeter. At the core of the instrument is a phasemeasurement camera (PMC) enabling simultaneous measurement of multiple interference patterns utilizing a pixelated phase mask taking advantage of the polarization properties of light. Utilizing this technology enables the creation of phase image movies in real time at video rates so that dynamic motions and volumetric changes can be tracked. Objects are placed on a reflective surface in liquid under a coverslip. Phase values are converted to optical thickness data enabling volumetric, motion and morphological studies. Data from a number of different mud puddle organisms such as paramecium, flagellates and rotifers will be presented, as will measurements of flying ant wings and cultures of human breast cancer cells. These data highlight examples of monitoring different biological processes and motions. The live presentation features 4D phase movies of these examples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7782, The Nature of Light: Light in Nature III, 77820B (2 August 2010);
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Katherine Creath, Optineering (United States)
College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7782:
The Nature of Light: Light in Nature III
Katherine Creath; Joseph A. Shaw, Editor(s)

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