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In International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2013: Micro/Nano Optical Imaging Technologies and Applications
High speed optical nanoscopy by stimulated emission depletion (STED) with galvo mirrors
Li, S., Kuang, C. F., Wang, Y. F., Hao, X., Xiu, P., Xu, Y. K., & Liu, X.
Stimulated emission depletion microscopy (STED) has been proved to be a feasible and straightforward method of breaking the conventional diffraction barrier in the far-field. In this paper, we design and setup a home-built high speed STED microscope. Both the excitation beam (488nm) and the depletion beam (592nm) are provided by continuous wave lasers. By using a pair of galvo mirrors (TILL Yanus IV Digital Scan Head), we realize a pixel dwell time down to 2 μs in the experiment which enables an acquisition speed of 2 frames per second in an imaging field of 5*5 μm with an individual pixel size of 10nm. The image acquisition process is controlled by the software Imspector. In the manuscript, we give a clear description on how to build the microscope and also conduct several experiments to evaluate its performance in practice. A spatial resolution of <100nm, which is well beyond the diffraction barrier has been demonstrated in both nanoparticles and biomedical samples. Featuring a superresolution together with a high imaging speed, our STED microscope has big potential to be widely applied in related scientific researches.