26 October 2017 Frequency division multiplexed multi-color fluorescence microscope system
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Proceedings Volume 10463, AOPC 2017: Space Optics and Earth Imaging and Space Navigation; 1046331 (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2307240
Event: Applied Optics and Photonics China (AOPC2017), 2017, Beijing, China
Abstract
Grayscale camera can only obtain gray scale image of object, while the multicolor imaging technology can obtain the color information to distinguish the sample structures which have the same shapes but in different colors. In fluorescence microscopy, the current method of multicolor imaging are flawed. Problem of these method is affecting the efficiency of fluorescence imaging, reducing the sampling rate of CCD etc. In this paper, we propose a novel multiple color fluorescence microscopy imaging method which based on the Frequency division multiplexing (FDM) technology, by modulating the excitation lights and demodulating the fluorescence signal in frequency domain. This method uses periodic functions with different frequency to modulate amplitude of each excitation lights, and then combine these beams for illumination in a fluorescence microscopy imaging system. The imaging system will detect a multicolor fluorescence image by a grayscale camera. During the data processing, the signal obtained by each pixel of the camera will be processed with discrete Fourier transform, decomposed by color in the frequency domain and then used inverse discrete Fourier transform. After using this process for signals from all of the pixels, monochrome images of each color on the image plane can be obtained and multicolor image is also acquired. Based on this method, this paper has constructed and set up a two-color fluorescence microscope system with two excitation wavelengths of 488 nm and 639 nm. By using this system to observe the linearly movement of two kinds of fluorescent microspheres, after the data processing, we obtain a two-color fluorescence dynamic video which is consistent with the original image. This experiment shows that the dynamic phenomenon of multicolor fluorescent biological samples can be generally observed by this method. Compared with the current methods, this method can obtain the image signals of each color at the same time, and the color video’s frame rate is consistent with the frame rate of the camera. The optical system is simpler and does not need extra color separation element. In addition, this method has a good filtering effect on the ambient light or other light signals which are not affected by the modulation process.
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Vu Nam Le, Huai Dong Yang, Si Chun Zhang, Xin Rong Zhang, Guo Fan Jin, "Frequency division multiplexed multi-color fluorescence microscope system", Proc. SPIE 10463, AOPC 2017: Space Optics and Earth Imaging and Space Navigation, 1046331 (26 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2307240; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2307240
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