24 April 1998 Near-field microscopy of living cells
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While optical microscopy is an everyday tool in the biological sciences, significant advances could be made if optical resolution were increased. We have evaluated the utility of near-field optical microscopy, with its demonstrated sub-diffraction optical resolution, for fluorescence studies of living cells. We show that the incorporation of a fluorescent feedback method, photon- density feedback, permits near-field studies of living cells. With this approach it is possible to make local high- resolution point measurements from living cells without impacting the physiology of the system under study. By integrating near-field illumination fibers, with confocal detection, traditional cameras and PMT-based detection methods, we have developed a near-field microscope for biological studies which also permits traditional lens-based optical studies of biological system With this system we are able to make immediate comparisons between confocal and near-field data from the same biological system.
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Philip G. Haydon, Philip G. Haydon, Barbara Innocenti, Barbara Innocenti, Donald J. Wolf, Donald J. Wolf, Michael Szulczewski, Michael Szulczewski, } "Near-field microscopy of living cells", Proc. SPIE 3273, Laser Techniques for Condensed-Phase and Biological Systems, (24 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.306127; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.306127
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