Now, STELLARIS Digital LightSheet combines a confocal system and a light sheet microscope into one instrument, giving you the flexibility you need to make groundbreaking discoveries and advance your research. With the TwinFlect mirrors designed by Leica Microsystems, the platform integrates light sheet’s power into a confocal platform. As well as 3D imaging of live biological samples, DLS is suitable for the efficient acquisition of cleared specimens – all in one system. This article explains how light sheet technology works, and how combining it with confocal microscopy can revolutionize your research and allow you to discover more.
Working with biological samples can be complex, and optical imaging methods such as light sheet microscopy allow you to see the smaller details. Whether you’re following developing organisms over hours or even days, light sheet technology enables you to learn more about your specimen without any noticeable fluorescence signal weakening. But what makes light sheet microscopy so effective?
The power lies in the illumination and detection. Light sheet microscopes illuminate your specimen in a single plane, enabling you to image highly sensitive samples or fast biological processes. Your live specimens are imaged in 3D, as you automatically have optical sectioning when moving your sample through the light sheet. The plane is captured immediately using a camera – and it’s this parallelization of acquisition which allows rapid visualization of live sample dynamics.
Alongside sensitivity and speed, light sheet microscopy treats your samples with the care they require thanks to the restriction of light to one plane. Light sheet microscopy automatically increases your sample protection: there is no out-of-focus excitation, which reduces phototoxic effects to the focal plane. This lowers the overall photodamage to your sample from toxicity and bleaching.
In confocal imaging, the illumination path is shared with the detection path on the same axis , while in light sheet microscopy the illumination and detection objectives are perpendicular to each other. Both systems are powerful: confocal microscopy provides you with effortless analysis of your specimens in high resolution, while light sheet microscopy facilitates live imaging of thicker samples. Now, by virtue of technological advances, both methods can be combined into a single instrument with incredible results.
STELLARIS Digital LightSheet (DLS) is a platform that allows you to harness the benefits of both light sheet and confocal microscopy effectively. You can exploit the advantages of light sheet microscopy’s enhancement of your sample, and simultaneously retain confocal functionality. This is achieved by the unique TwinFlect mirror device – but how does it work?
The TwinFlect mirror device deﬂects the illuminating light sheet at a 90° angle, turning your device into a light sheet microscope. By this process, the TwinFlect mirrors grant the integration of the illumination and detection beam path into the vertical axis of every STELLARIS system with an inverted microscope stand. Moreover, both objectives and TwinFlect mirrors are easily exchanged, opening the path to reaching your goals more easily.
There’s more to STELLARIS DLS than meets the eye. As well as easy transition between your experiments, we explore further benefits that incorporating light sheet technology can bring.
The objectives and the TwinFlect mirror device form the core of the DLS system. Superior objectives can be utilized for a wide range of applications, allowing you to explore different dimensions in one system. The system even grants visualization of structural details in cleared tissues and organisms, so you can find the information you need.
The STELLARIS DLS system enables flexibility in your research while providing you with choice. By choosing different illumination objectives optimized to the application need, you can shape the light sheet to meet your experimental requirements. Whether exploring the subtleties of your specimen, increasing your field of view, or adapting to the refractive index of your imaging medium, you can optimize your experiment in the DLS system to enhance the potential of your research. There is an expanding number of options available for your optimal detection objective, as shown below, serving application requirements from live samples to fixed and cleared specimens.
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