Recently, three-dimensional (3D) super resolution imaging of cellular structures in thick samples has been enabled with the wide-field super-resolution fluorescence microscopy based on double helix point spread function (DH-PSF). However, when the sample is Epi-illuminated, much background fluorescence from those excited molecules out-of-focus will reduce the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the image in-focus. In this paper, we resort to a selective-plane illumination strategy, which has been used for tissue-level imaging and single molecule tracking, to eliminate out-of-focus background and to improve SNR and the localization accuracy of the standard DH-PSF super-resolution imaging in thick samples. We present a novel super-resolution microscopy that combine selective-plane illumination and DH-PSF. The setup utilizes a well-defined laser light sheet which theoretical thickness is 1.7μm (FWHM) at 640nm excitation wavelength. The image SNR of DH-PSF microscopy between selective-plane illumination and Epi-illumination are compared. As we expect, the SNR of the DH-PSF microscopy based selective-plane illumination is increased remarkably. So, 3D localization precision of DH-PSF would be improved significantly. We demonstrate its capabilities by studying 3D localizing of single fluorescent particles. These features will provide high thick samples compatibility for future biomedical applications.
We present the development of a fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy system using a streak camera (SC-FLIM), which uses ultrafast infrared laser for multiphoton excitation and a streak camera for lifetime measurement. A pair of galvo mirrors are employed to accomplish quick time-resolved scanning on a line and 2D fluorescence lifetime imaging. The SC-FLIM system was calibrated using an F-P etalon and several standard fluorescent dyes, and was also used to perform fluorescence lifetime imaging of fluorescent microspheres and a prepared plant stem slide.