Conventional optical microscopes display a shallow depth of field, especially at higher magnifications. A confocal microscope uses a pinhole to collect light from the focal plane of a sample, discarding out-of-focus light to produce a clear, high resolution image.
How does it work?
A laser is scanned across the sample, focused at a particular depth. Light from the sample passes through a small aperture (pinhole) which selects only light which contributes to an in-focus image.
Typically fluorescent species or tags are observed by selecting an appropriate wavelength of incident laser light and a suitable detection window. Multiple detectors permit several fluorophores to be monitored simultaneously.
Three-dimensional views can be obtained by stacking images from different heights in a sample, and fast scanning modes enable dynamic processes to be followed.
Electrochemistry, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology; morphological studies of cells and tissues; resonance; energy transfer; stem cell research; photobleaching studies; lifetime imaging; multiphoton microscopy; total internal reflection; DNA hybridization; membrane and ion probes; bioluminescent proteins; epitope tagging.
Sample Handling Requirements:
Typically solid, with fluorophore(s).
Leica SP2 with 4 lasers, Leica SP5 with tunable white light laser.
Dr Ian Hancox, 024 76 150380 email i dot hancox at warwick dot ac dot uk.
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