The Zeiss LSM 800 is an inverted Zeiss Axio Observer Z1 laser scanning confocal microscope equipped with high quantum efficiency GaAsP detector, 2 multi-alkali PMTs and DIC optics for trans-illumination microscopy with each objective. In addition, the Airyscan module can deliver images with 1.7 x improved resolution (120 nm in x / y and 350 nm in z) and 4-8 x better signal-to-noise ratio, with fast linear scanning. Airyscan works with thicker samples such as fixed tissue sections or whole animal mounts that need a higher penetration depth.
The Zeiss Elyra Superresolution Microscope is a developmental superresolution microscope with capabilities to push imaging past the classic diffraction limit. Typically visible light microscopes cannot achieve spatial resolution of greater than 200-250 nanometers. This system has two different imaging modalities to push this limit as low as 20 nanometers.
This microscope combines a total internal fluorescence (TIRF) and highly inclined and laminated optical sheet (HiLo: https://www.nature.com/articles/nmeth1171) modalities in one instrument. The TIRF modality allows user to image molecules at surface of cells and apply super- resolution imaging techniques such as PALM and STORM. HiLo modality offers the possibility of exciting a thin inclined plane within cells or thin layer of cells within few micrometers of a live animal tissue. Automatized variability of angle of HiLo emergence and camera imaging allows for fast sectioning of sample. The system is also supplemented with NIDAQ board and control with external trigger, which combined with the versatile illumination sequence option makes this ideal microscope for complex experiments involving the correct timing of imaging following an external stimulus of cells or animal. Definite focus is perfectly controlled using Nikon PFS system making it ideal for long term live cell or animal imaging.
This is a total internal fluorescence (TIRF) microscope built on an inverted Nikon Ti2-E microscopeThe TIRF modality allows user to image molecules at surface of cells and apply super- resolution imaging techniques such as PALM and STORM. It is equipped with piezo Z stage and Nikon Perfect Focus System 4, making it ideal for long term imaging. It is equipped with stage top incubator and objective heater as well as CO2, allowing live cell imaging. With quad filter, 4 solid state laser lines,
Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) adds another dimension to conventional intensity based imaging methods. FLIM is not affected by fluctuations in the fluorescence intensity and permits to discrimination between fluorophores with similar emission spectra (and from auto-fluorescence. It can be used to probe local environmental conditions (e.g., pH value), to determine ion concentrations, to study intracellular signal transduction or to distinguish between different tissue components.
The Leica DM IL microscope is used to illuminate whole cells; observing and analysing a cell as a single entity. The DM IL is an inverted epifluorescence microscope, with transmitted light LED back illumination and an EL6000 Fluoro system.
The MRI facility at the UNSW’s BRIL is one of the most powerful small-animal MRIs in Australia and is able to provide users with state-of-the-art small animal and sample imaging, and MRI biomarker assessment. As part of the National Imaging Facility the scanner can be accessed by researchers from institutions from all over the country.
Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is an emerging molecular imaging modality that measures the location and concentration of superparamagnetic nanoparticle tracers in vivo (typically Iron Oxide, SPIOs) by detecting their response to spatially dependent magnetic fields. In Q1 2020 UNSW has installed a Magnetic Insight Momentum pre-clinical MPI scanner as the first facility in Australia to provide this novel technology.