Two-photon microscopy is a very attractive tool for the study of the three-dimensional (3D) and dynamic processes in cells and tissues. One of the feasible constructions of two-photon microscopy is the combination a confocal laser scanning microscope and a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser. Even though this approach is the simplest and fastest implementation, this system is highly cost-intensive and considerably difficult in modification. Many researcher therefore decide to build a more cost-effective and flexible system with a self-developed software for operation and data acquisition. We present a custom-built two-photon microscope based on a mode-locked Yb 3+ doped fiber laser and demonstrate two-photon fluorescence imaging of biological specimens. The mode-locked fiber laser at 1060 nm delivers 320 fs laser pulses at a frequency of 36 MHz up to average power of 80 mW. The excitation at 1060 nm can be more suitable in thick, turbid samples for 3D image construction as well as cell viability. The system can simply accomplish confocal and two-photon mode by an additional optical coupler that allows conventional laser source to transfer to the scanning head. The normal frame rate is 1 frames/s for 400 x 400 pixel images. The measured full width at half maximum resolutions were about 0.44 μm laterally and 1.34 μm axially. A multi-color stained convallaria, rat basophilic leukemia cells and a rat brain tissue were observed by two-photon fluorescence imaging in our system.
|Title of host publication||Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Image Acquisition and Processing XIX|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XIX - San Francisco, CA, United States|
Duration: 2012 Jan 24 → 2012 Jan 26
|Name||Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE|
|Other||Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XIX|
|City||San Francisco, CA|
|Period||12/1/24 → 12/1/26|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Higher Education for its MyBrain15scholarship to pursue PhD programme in Halal Products Research Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). This research project was supported by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) for providing the funding support awarded to Prof. Dr. Russly Ab Rahman through Project No. 9316900.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging