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Obtain Excellent Results with Every Sample

  • High variety of IR laser sources, with a range of up to 1300 nm
  • Fully integrated software control of IR laser
  • Superior sensitivity with Leica HyD NDD detectors
  • Quad detection module for fast and sensitive multicolor imaging
  • High-speed 8 and 12 kHz resonant scanner for fast live cell imaging and fast z stacking
  • Superior motCORR IR objectives with motorized correction collar adapt to sample depth
  • Dedicated CLARITY and BABB objectives for whole organ imaging up to 6 mm depth
  • Modular Leica TCS SP8 platform easily upgrades to MP or other advanced imaging systems (WLL, FLIM, SMD, STED)
  • Intuitive software control by LAS X

For technical specification please click here.

Everything Adapted

The Leica motCORR Motorized Correction Collar

The refractive index (RI) of living cells and their culture medium is close to that of water, making a water immersion objective the best choice. Such objectives are sensitive to RI mismatches caused by variations in coverglass thickness, temperature changes and specimen inhomogeneity. The result is a blurred image and loss of detail in deep tissue.

The Leica motCORR ensures everything is correct and stays corrected. Its motorized correction collar provides an easy, and precise real-time adjustment of the optics to restore optimal imaging in x, y and z dimensions.

Discover the Leica motCORR Objectives

  • Leica HC IRAPO L 25x/1.00 W motCORR − optimized for multiphoton imaging
  • Leica HC FLUOTAR L 25x/1.00 IMM (ne=1.457) motCORR VISIR − optimized for CLARITY treated specimens
  • Intuitive motCORR control with the LAS X software
300 micron stack of a mouse testis labeled with dTomato (red, OPO); Autofluorescence showed in green (Chameleom VisionII). Top: acquired with IRAPO 25xW objective, NA 1.0 with adjusted motCORR. Bottom: acquired with IRAPO 25xW objective, NA 0.95 without motCORR.

Everything Detected

The Leica QUAD Module

The great depths you need for whole organ or live cell imaging make detecting very faint structures a challenge. The emitted light is backscattered by surrounding structures, causing the signal to weaken. And simply adding more light can damage the tissue.

Combining super-sensitive Leica HyD detectors in a Quad adapter module ensures you can see even the faintest structures in deep tissue sections.

Reach New Depths with the QUAD Module

  • Explore deeper tissue sections with a new optical adapter, the Quad module
  • Configure the Quad module with up to four super-sensitive Leica HyD detectors in the RLD (Reflected Light Detection) position
  • Obtain the highest quantum efficiency of 45 % with the Leica HyD RLDs
  • Choose a modular detector set-up (PMT and/ or HyD) and get the super-sensitivity you need with the chance to upgrade later

For technical specification please click here.

Modular Quad configuration. Available with 4x PMT RLDs, a PMT/HyD combination or 4x HyD RLDs.

The Correct Approach

Improve MP Imaging with Highly Specialized IRAPO Objectives

Understanding the spatial relationship of structures is vital in multicolor specimens. In MP microscopy, infrared objectives require color correction for perfect colocalization in a multicolor sample.

Leica IRAPO objectives are specifically designed with perfect color correction and high transmission in mind. They provide bright images while reducing the risk of photodamage by requiring less laser power.

Experience Apochromatic Correction at a New Level

  • Achieve excellent multicolor MP imaging by color corrected IR apochromats from at least 700 nm up to 1300 nm
  • Maximize the number of photons available for multiphoton excitation and detection with >85% transmission from 470 to 1200 nm
  • Experience brighter images
  • Reduce photodamage
  • Consider the HC IRAPO L 25x/1.00 W motCORR with motorized correction collar for improved MP imaging

A Perfect Working Relationship

The Tandem Scanner

With the Tandem Scanner Leica offers the perfect relationship between a large field of view (FOV) and a full range of scan speeds – the ideal combination for live specimen imaging. If your research covers everything from rapid calcium dynamics in brain slices to whole organ samples, the Leica TCS SP8 MP will be in synergy with you.

All in Time

  • 22 mm FOV – the largest of any point scanning systems for scanning in one shot with the patented x2y scanning mirror concept
  • Unique combination of FOV and 8 kHz or 12 kHz resonant scanning system with switchable galvanometric mirrors
  • Scan at frequencies of up to 12 kHz, resulting in about 40 fps (512 x 512 px) or 428 fps (512 x 16 px)
  • Acquire 4D stacks up to 50% faster than comparable systems by combining them with the SuperZ GalvoFlow
  • No compromise in resolution, sensitivity or contrast, thanks to high-NA objectives and the sensitive Leica HyD RLDs

Everything Detected

The Leica QUAD Module – Superior Sensitivity

Not only depths, but also speed can make detecting very faint structures in live samples a challenge. If you want to observe fast kinetics, you can increase scan speed, but this means less photons will be collected.

With the Quad module, you can combine up to four super-sensitive Leica HyD detectors to image multiple colors simultaneously. The more sensitive your detector, the brighter your acquired live image. Due to the HyDs´ remarkably low dark noise and their high sensitivity you can reduce laser excitation power, and therefore specimen damage and photobleaching.

Reach New Sensitivity with the QUAD Module

  • Explore highest sensitivity with the Leica HyD RLD which offers 45% quantum efficiency
  • Reach superior signal-to-noise for brighter images
  • Protect your live sample by reducing laser power
  • Configure your Quad module with up to four super-sensitive Leica HyD detectors in the RLD (Reflected Light Detection) position

Everything Fixed

Intravital and Electrophysiological Imaging with the Leica DM6000 CFS

Sensitive experiments like patch-clamp electrophysiology require high stability. Even minor movements can distort the imaging results. Core to Leica TCS SP8 MP platform is Leica DM6000 CFS microscope. Offering a fixed stage with vibration-free mechanical stability and almost entirely noise-free electronics, it provides an excellent platform for whole-specimen and electrophysiological imaging.

  • Switch and dip objectives smoothly without disturbing the experiment using the motorized, remote-controlled 2-fold objective changer
  • Perform simultaneous MP imaging and electrophysiological recording due to objectives with inert ceramic fronts and infra-red color correction
  • Save time by directly correlating voltage recordings with fluorescence intensity data with LAS X electrophysiology software package

Further reading:

Triggering with Leica TCS SP8 and DM6000 CFS/DM6 CFS
Patch-Clamp Technique – An Introduction
Axon Guide to Electrophysiology and Biophysics Laboratory Techniques
Accessories for Patch-Clamp Electrophysiology from Axon Instruments 

Everything Excited

Advanced IR Imaging with the Laser of Your Choice

With the Leica TCS SP8 MP you can make full use of the most advanced infrared lasers on the market and take your multiphoton imaging to new depths. Tune gap-free from 680 nm to 1300 nm through the intuitive LAS X software with a range of lasers that reaches from ultra-fast prechirped femtosecond lasers to the Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO MPX) and InSight DeepSee+.

Make Exciting Discoveries with the Leica SP8 MP

  • Perform gap-free tuning of multiphoton excitation from 680 to 1300 nm
  • See deeper and brighter than ever before with higher power, shorter pulse MP imaging
  • Extend the IR range with novel red-shifted fluorescent proteins and dyes
  • Configure with two MP lasers for the most flexible multicolor excitation
  • Conveniently choose wavelengths using intuitive LAS X software

Find more technical details here.

HyD RLD Quad module for four color acquisition.

Everything Detected

The Leica QUAD Module – Faster Multicolor Imaging

Sometimes, observing the localization or dynamics of just one structure provides a limited picture without seeing relationship to its neighbors.

The Quad module improves multicolor super-sensitivity. With up to four Leica HyDs attached, you can fast acquire multicolor and gain insights in localization and interactions from deep within tissues or living specimens.

Reach More Colors with the Quad Module

  • Save time by acquiring more colors in one shot
  • Observe fast and easy multicolor imaging by combining the Quad module with the high-speed Tandem Scanner
  • Configure the Quad module with up to four super-sensitive Leica HyD detectors in the RLD (Reflected Light Detection) position
  • Chose a modular detector set up and obtain the highest flexibility for fast and easy multicolor deep tissue acquisitions

Everything and More

Label-free Imaging Through Second and Third Harmonic Generation (SHG/THG)

By employing infrared femtosecond lasers, you can see more than just fluorescence. The high energy produced by these short-pulsed IR lasers is sufficient to create another photoelectric effect without the need for labeling. These are SHG and THG, non-linear polarization effects in the illuminated sample.

SHG signals occur from large centrosymmetric structures with spatial order including collagen, myosin or microtubules. THG can be used to detect an interface between materials of different excitability, for example, the outline of cells in embryos, where the cells are separated by water.

See More with the Leica TCS SP8 MP

Zebrafish (gastrulation) RNA injection for Neptune fluorescent protein cytoplasmic staining. THG (in blue). 20x1NA; Insight Laser at 1140 nm. Courtesy of Dr. Nadine Peyrieras, BioEmergences, Gif sur Yvettes, France.

Everything Clear

Dedicated BABB Objective for Neuroscience and Developmental Biology

Optical performance in neuroscience and developmental biology requires a team that works in perfect synergy. By combining the core microscope platform DM6000 CFS with the Leica HCX APO L20x/0.95 IMM objective and BABB immersion medium you can reveal the secrets of unexplored depths.

  • Analyze brain slices, image whole organisms for morphological studies, and discover the anatomy of developing organs
  • Optimize your whole mount imaging by using BABB (Benzyl Alcohol Benzyl Benzoate, 1:2)
  • Leica HCX APO L20x/0.95 IMM with special front lens suitable for immersion medium BABB ( = 1.559)
  • Low magnification 20x at high resolution (NA 0.95)
  • Large free working distance of 1.95 mm
3D animation of a Mouse olfactory bulb, depth of 1.5mm. Courtesy of Dr. Giese and Annemarie Scherbarth, MPI Heidelberg, Germany.
Mouse diaphragm. Signal from muscle (red), motor neurons (green). Courtesy of R. Rudolf, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

Adapt it to FLIM

The fluorescence lifetime is a measure of how long a fluorophore remains in its excited state before returning to its ground state. FLIM (Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging) lets you display the fluorophore lifetime in every single pixel, adding an extra dimension to your research.

Using the fast Leica HyD RLD detectors for FLIM-FRET (Fluorescent Resonant Energy Transfer) experiments you can easily explore molecular interactions in depth.

Create High-quality FLIM Data From Large Z Stacks

  • Combine femtosecond MP excitation with the non-descanned Leica HyD RLD detectors
  • Enjoy a reliable and fast experimental set-up with the dedicated FLIM application wizard
  • Be reassured by the user-friendly interaction of Leica and Picoquant components

Powerful Performance Made Simple

The Leica Application Suite X

Performing experiments and analyzing your data shouldn’t be as complex as the science you perform. When designing the LAS X, we focused on just two things: powerful features available for microscopy and an intuitive usability from interface to workflow.

Step-by-Step Guidance with LAS X

  • Perform your MP experiments efficiently with the help of a workflow-orientated design
  • Gain full control of all motorized sliders and IR lasers for fast experiment setups
  • Dedicated MP FLIM wizards make data evaluation truly simple

Adapt It to Your Needs

Wherever your multiphoton experiments take you, the LAS X software will provide you with powerful analysis options.

  • LAS X Electrophysiology
  • LAS X 3D Visualization
  • LAS X 2D/3D Analysis
  • Huygens MP Deconvolution
  • LAS X Live Data Mode
  • LAS X FLIM Wizard
  • LAS X FRET/ FRAP Wizards