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In vivo three-dimensional superresolution fluorescence tracking using a double-helix point spread function

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Matthew D. Lew, Michael A. Thompson, Majid Badieirostami, W. E. Moerner

Stanford Univ. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7571, Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Imaging III, 75710Z (February 25, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.842608
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  • Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Imaging III
  • Jörg Enderlein; Zygmunt K. Gryczynski; Rainer Erdmann
  • San Francisco, California | January 23, 2010

abstract

The point spread function (PSF) of a widefield fluorescence microscope is not suitable for three-dimensional superresolution imaging. We characterize the localization precision of a unique method for 3D superresolution imaging featuring a double-helix point spread function (DH-PSF). The DH-PSF is designed to have two lobes that rotate about their midpoint in any transverse plane as a function of the axial position of the emitter. In effect, the PSF appears as a double helix in three dimensions. By comparing the Cramer-Rao bound of the DH-PSF with the standard PSF as a function of the axial position, we show that the DH-PSF has a higher and more uniform localization precision than the standard PSF throughout a 2 μm depth of field. Comparisons between the DH-PSF and other methods for 3D superresolution are briefly discussed. We also illustrate the applicability of the DH-PSF for imaging weak emitters in biological systems by tracking the movement of quantum dots in glycerol and in live cells.

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Matthew D. Lew ; Michael A. Thompson ; Majid Badieirostami and W. E. Moerner
"In vivo three-dimensional superresolution fluorescence tracking using a double-helix point spread function", Proc. SPIE 7571, Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Imaging III, 75710Z (February 25, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.842608; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.842608


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