Laser oblique scanning optical microscopy (LOSOM) for phase relief imaging

Yichen Ding*, Hao Xie, Tong Peng, Yiqing Lu, Dayong Jin, Junlin Teng, Qiushi Ren, Peng Xi

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The visualization of optical phase can provide abundant information when imaging transparent specimen. We present a novel phase sensitive imaging design capable of obtaining phase contours of transparent biological cells through laser oblique scanning optical microscope (LOSOM). LOSOM is based on the introduction of a fluorescent medium behind the specimen to generate a differential phase-sensitive image, thus, the complicated phase retardation alignment procedure associated with differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy can be eliminated. Moreover, multi-modality fluorescence and phase relief imaging can be attained in a single system with fluorescently labeled specimens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14100-14108
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2012

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