Multimode fibre: Light-sheet microscopy at the tip of a needle

Martin Plöschner, Věra Kollárová, Zbyněk Dostál, Jonathan Nylk, Thomas Barton-Owen, David E.K. Ferrier, Radim Chmelík, Kishan Dholakia, Tomáš Čižmár

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Light-sheet fluorescence microscopy has emerged as a powerful platform for 3-D volumetric imaging in the life sciences. Here, we introduce an important step towards its use deep inside biological tissue. Our new technique, based on digital holography, enables delivery of the light-sheet through a multimode optical fibre - an optical element with extremely small footprint, yet permitting complex control of light transport processes within. We show that this approach supports some of the most advanced methods in light-sheet microscopy: by taking advantage of the cylindrical symmetry of the fibre, we facilitate the wavefront engineering methods for generation of both Bessel and structured Bessel beam plane illumination. Finally, we assess the quality of imaging on a sample of fluorescent beads fixed in agarose gel and we conclude with a proof-of-principle imaging of a biological sample, namely the regenerating operculum prongs of Spirobranchus lamarcki.

Original languageEnglish
Article number18050
JournalScientific reports
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 14

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Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge support from the University of St Andrews, the University of Dundee and the Scottish University Physics Alliance (SUPA). We also thank the UK Engineering and Physics Sciences Research Council for funding under grant EP/J01771X/1. Finally, we would like to thank EXCELLENT TEAMS (CZ.1.07/2.3.00/30.0005) from European Social Fund and CEITEC - Central European Institute of Technology (CZ.1.05/1.1.00/02.0068) from European Regional Development Fund for support.

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