Front Cover

Andrea Bertoncini, Siarhei Laptenok, Luca Genchi, Vijayakumar Palanisamy Rajamanickam, Carlo Liberale

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Abstract

Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) is a fast chemical imaging technique with remarkable bioscience applications. Cross Phase Modulation (XPM) is a ubiquitous nonlinear phenomenon that can create spurious background signals that render difficult a high-contrast imaging in SRS measurements. The XPM-induced signal is usually suppressed using high numerical aperture (NA) microscope objectives or condensers to collect the transmitted excitation beam. However, these high NA optics feature short working distances, hence they are not compatible with stage-top incubators, that are necessary to perform live-cell time-lapse experiments in controlled environments. Here, we show a 3D printed high NA compact catadioptric lens that fits inside stage-top incubators and allows the collection of XPM-free SRS signals. The lens delivers SRS images and spectra with a quality comparable to a signal collection with a high-NA microscope objective. We also demonstrate the compatibility of the 3D printed lens with other nonlinear microscopies.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Biophotonics
Volume13
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 4 2020

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