Adaptive optical fluorescence microscopy


The past quarter century has witnessed rapid developments of fluorescence microscopy techniques that enable structural and functional imaging of biological specimens at unprecedented depth and resolution. The performance of these methods in multicellular organisms, however, is degraded by sample-induced optical aberrations. Here I review recent work on incorporating adaptive optics, a technology originally applied in astronomical telescopes to combat atmospheric aberrations, to improve image quality of fluorescence microscopy for biological imaging.

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Figure 1: Aberrations deteriorate image quality.
Figure 2: High-resolution image system is more susceptible to aberrations.
Figure 3: Adaptive optics using direct wavefront sensing.
Figure 4: Adaptive optical fluorescence microscopy with indirect wavefront sensing.


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The author thanks A. Roorda and R. Turcotte for providing data in Figure 2. This work is supported by Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Ji, N. Adaptive optical fluorescence microscopy. Nat Methods 14, 374–380 (2017).

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