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1Bringing light into the chaos: A general introduction to optics and light microscopy Juliana Schwarz19/03/07
2Overview Part one: The root of all evil Basic terms and applications in light microscopyPart two: Bringing colour into the lightFluorescence microscopy and special applications:Widefield, Confocal microscopy, Multiphoton, FRET, FLIM,FRAP, Photoactivation, TIRF
3What is light?Light is electromagnetic radiation. What we usually describe as light is only the visible spectrum of this radiation with wavelengths between 400nm and 700nm.The elementary particle that defines light is the photon.b)a)There are 3 basic dimensions of lightIntensity (amplitude) which is related to the perception of brightnessFrequency (wavelength), perceived as colourPolarization (angle of vibration) which is not or weakly perceptible to humans
5What is a microscope?Theoretically a microscope is an array of two lenses.Focal planeImage planeImage planeEyepiece lensObjective lensTube lensModern microscope with ICS (Infinity Colour corrected System)Classic compound microscope
6Your friend - the objective Objectives can be classified into transmitted light and reflected-light (Epi) versions.
7Flat-field correction and aberration correction Describe two main criteria for the quality of an objective:Flatness of the intermediate imageElimination of chromatic errors
8Spherical aberrationSpherical aberration causes beams parallel to but away from the lens axis to be focussed in a slightly different place than beams close to the axis. This manifests itself as a blurring of the image.
9Flat-field correction and aberration correction Describe two main criteria for the quality of an objective:Flatness of the intermediate imageElimination of chromatic errors
10Chromatic aberrationChromatic aberration is caused by a lens having differentrefractive indexes for different wavelengths. Since the focal lengthof a lens is dependent on the refractive index, different wavelengthswill be focused on different positions in the focal plane.Chromatic aberration is seen as fringes of colour around the image.It can be minimised by using an achromatic doublet (= achromat) in which two materials with differing dispersion are bonded together to form a single lens.
11Objective types CP-Achromat Achroplan Plan-Neofluar Plan-Apochromat elimination of chromatic errorsflatness of the intermediate imageCP-AchromatGood colour correction – exactly for two wavelengths. Field flatness in the image center, refocusing also covers the peripheral areas. For fields of view up to dia. 18 mm. Versions for phase contrast.AchroplanImproved Achromat objectives with good image flatness for fields of view with dia. 20 or even 23 mm. Achroplan for transmitted light and Achroplan Ph for phase contrast.Plan-NeofluarExcellent colour correction for at least three wavelengths. Field flattening for the field of view with dia. 25 mm. Highly transmitting for UV excitation at 365 nm in fluorescence. All methods possible, special high-quality variants are available for Pol and DIC.Plan-ApochromatPerfect colour rendition (correction for four wavelengths!). Flawless image flatness for fields of view with dia. 25 mm. Highest numerical apertures for a resolving power at the very limits of the physically possible.
13What is magnification? magnification by the objective x Magnification is defined by themagnification by the objectivexthe magnification by eyepieceBUT maximum magnification does not mean maximum resolution!
14What is resolution?Resolution describes the minimal distance of two points that can be distinguished.Picture taken from
15What is the numerical aperture? NA is an estimate of how much light from the sample is collected by the objectiveα1α2Coverslip (n = 1.5)Glass slide (n = 1.5)Oil (n = 1.5)Air (n = 1.0)Objective lensNA = n sin n = refractive indexα = angle of incident illumination
16Numerical aperture, NOT magnification determines resolution! Increasing NAA lens with a larger NA will be able to visualize finer details and will also collect more light and give a brighter image than a lens with lower NA.
21Brightfield Piece of artificially grown skin Principle: Light is transmitted through the sample and absorbed by it.Application: Only useful for specimens that can be contrasted via dyes. Very little contrast inunstained specimens. With a bright background, the human eye requires local intensity fluctuationsof at least 10 to 20% to be able to recognize objects.Cross section of sunflower root(http://www.zum.de/Faecher/Materialien/beck/12/bs12-5.htm)Piece of artificially grown skin(www.igb.fhg.de/.../dt/PI_BioTechnica2001.dt.html ) all our microscopes can be used for brightfield
22Darkfield Symbiotic Diatom colony Principle: The illuminating rays of light are directed through the sample from the side by putting a dark disk into the condenser that hinders the main light beam to enter the objective. Only light that is scattered by structures in the sample enters the objective.Application: People use it a lot to look at Diatoms and other unstained/colourless specimensDarkfieldSymbiotic Diatom colony(www1.tip.nl/~t936927/making.html)Brightfield we do not have microscopes set up for darkfield
23Phase contrast in theory Principle: Incident light [Io] is out of phase with transmitted light [I] as it was slowed down while passing through different parts of the sample and when the phases of the light are synchronized by an interference lens, a new image with greater contrast is seen.Phase ringalignednot alignedPhase stopsII0 most of our microscopes are set upfor phase contrast
24Phase contrast in practice Application: Phase contrast is the most commonly used contrasting technique in this institute. All tissue culture microscopes and the time-lapse microscopes are set up for phase.BUT: MOST OF YOU ARE USING IT IN THE WRONG WAY!! Because you do not use the right phase stop with the corresponding objective!wrong phase stopright phase stopbrightfield
25Polarization Contrast Principle: Polarized light is used for illumination. Only when the vibration direction of the polarized light is altered by a sample placed into the light path, light can pass through the analyzer. The sample appears light against a black background. A lambda plate can be used to convert this contrast into colours.Application: Polarization contrast is used to look at materials with birefringent properties, in which the refractive index depends on the vibration direction of the incident light, e.g. crystals or polymers.BrightfieldPolarization contrastPolarization contrast with Lambda plateAnalyzerLambdaplatePolarizer we do not have microscopes set up for polarization contrast
26D(ifferential) I(nterference) C(ontrast) Principle: Also known as Nomarski microscopy. Uses polarized light for illumination. Synchronizing of the different phases of incident and transmitted light is done by a set of prisms and filters introduced into the light path.ABCΔ > 0ΔXn1n2n3Δ ~Δn/ΔxX most of our microscopes are set up for DIC
27Contrasting techniques - a summary Brightfield -absorptionLight is transmitted through the sample. Only useful for specimens that can be contrasted via dyes. Very little contrast in unstained specimens.Darkfield -scatteringThe illuminating rays of light are directed from the side so that only scattered light enters the microscope lenses, consequently the cell appears as an illuminated object against the view. Phase Contrast- phase interferenceIncident light [Io] is out of phase with transmitted light [I] and when the phases of the light are synchronized by an interference lens, a new image with greater contrast is seenPolarization Contrast -polarizationUses polarized light for illumination. Only when the vibration direction of the polarized light is altered by a sample placed into the light path, light can pass through the analyzer. The sample appears light against a black background.Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) – polarization + phase interferenceAlso known as Nomarski microscopy. Synchronizing of the different phases of incident and transmitted light is done by a set of special condenser lens mounted below the stage of a microscopeFluorescence Contrast (->Ireen)
28Final words from your friend - the objective 10x20x40x60xCoverslip-types:1: mm1.5: mm2.0: mm
29Useful links Margaret and Tom (ext. 6872)!!! Zeiss – Microscopy from the very beginningMolecular Expressions homepageWikipedia