The Leica TCS SP8 DLS (Digital LightSheet) is an inverted laser scanning microscope capable to be used for confocal imaging and light sheet imaging. This microscope is able to image multi-colour, live, fixed or aqueous-based cleared specimens utilising a combinations of 405, 458, 488, 514, 561 and 635 nm excitation lasers through the employment of the AOBS with spectral high quantum efficiency detectors. The advantage of the two combined features (confocal/Lightsheet) on a single equipment allow to perform, with the confocal module, local photo activation or photo bleaching where the resulting dynamics can be capture via lightsheet imaging on thick sample (up to 2 mm thick and 1 cm long).
he IncuCyte S3 is a widefield inverted live cell system engineered with long term high throughput imaging in mind. Housed inside a tissue culture incubator, the imaging module maintains the most stable imaging conditions possible ( 37C temperature, humidity and 5% CO2). The system comes with a selection of versatile inserts allowing you to image your cells in a range of vessels.
The zeiss Spinning Disk/TIRF system is a custom built instrument. Built upon an Axio Observer X.1 body it is equipped with a Yokogawa Spinning disk CSU-X1 module providing confocal imaging at rapid frame rates captured on an EM CCD camera (Quant EM) ideally suited for low light imaging. Attached to a different microscope port is a highly sensitive high frame rate sCMOS camera (Orca Flash 4) which can be used for standard epifluorescence, rapid ratiometric imaging utilising a fast excitation switching light source (Lambda DG4) or acquire fluorescence images using TIRF illumination.
This Leica TCS SP5 confocal system is equipped for a broad range of experimental requirements. Along with a range of fixed wavelength laser lines it now has a White-Light Laser (WLL) tunable within the range x-x for precise control over fluorophore excitation. Fitted with Hybrid Dectors (HyD) for enhanced sensitivity, and interchangeable Galvano and resonant scanners, this system is suitable for applications requiring both speed and/or improved signal-to-noise. Its Gated-STED module also enables collection of super-resolution images allowing investigators to distinguish objects and structures beyond the conventional resolution limit of light.
The Zeiss LSM 880 is an inverted laser scanning confocal microscope equipped with high quantum efficiency GaAsP detector and 2 multialkali PMTs, which can be used as single point detectors or combined for 34 channel spectral imaging. In addition, the Airyscan module can deliver images with 1.7 x improved resolution (140nm axially, 400 nm laterally) and 4-8 x greater signal-to-noise ratio, at the highest speed of any linear scanning confocal system. BiG.2 Type A (2x GaAsP detectors) non-descanned detectors for the multi-photon laser can be used for imaging thick specimens, with deeper penetration and decreased phototoxicity compared to single photon lasers. The Picoquant system utilises the multi-photon laser to perform Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM), Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS), Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET). The Zeiss 880 is also equipped with polarisers for anisotropy measurements.
This microscope has a unique design, allowing for a great deal of customization of the sample space and experimental design. The system is designed for up to four-color total internal fluorescence (TIRF), photoactivation (PA), fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), widefield correlation spectroscopy (WCS), spatio-temporal image correlation spectroscopy (STICS), and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) experiments, all at high frame rates. Single-molecule measurements can be enhanced with a pair of single-photon avalanche photodiodes (APDs) and a pulse correlator for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy (FCCS) experiments. An environmental chamber allows for these techniques to be extended to live cell samples.
The Microtime200, manufactured by the German-based PicoQuant GmbH, is generally used in conjunction with the TCS SP5 microscope. By using the lasers from the TCS SP5, the Microtime200 is capable of measuring how fast proteins move within the cell (diffusion) and protein to protein interactions.
This intravital microscope boasts an impressive collection of hardware. Equipped with 2 multiphoton lasers utilising a pre-chirp compensator to keep laser pulse width < 150 fs, a collection of detectors including high sensitive NDD detectors close to the objective lens, descanned PMTs, imaging cameras for fast 64 beam scanning and also LaVision BioTec's FLIM x16 TCSPC detector for rapid fluorescence lifetime measurements.
Optoacoustic or photoacoustic imaging is a new, cutting-edge imaging technique which detects ultrasound waves following light absorption from specific molecules. This technique allows molecules with different spectral profile to be detected.
The BD Influx™ cell sorter is equipped with five excitation lasers (ultraviolet 355nm, violet 405nm, blue 488nm, yellow/green 561nm and red 642nm) and has a flexible detection configuration with a number of filter set options, detecting up to 24 parameters (21 fluorescence channels, two forward scatter channels and one side scatter).
The BD LSRFortessa™ SORP X-20 analyzing flow cytometer is equipped with five excitation lasers (ultraviolet 355nm, violet 405nm, blue 488nm, yellow/green 561nm and red 642nm) and is able to detect up to 20 parameters (18 fluorescence channels plus forward scatter and side scatter). This cytometer’s configuration has been designed to mirror that of our BD Influx (excluding small particle detection), enabling users to easily transfer or work-up experiments.