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Title: Multimodal hyperspectral optical microscopy

We describe a unique and convenient approach to multimodal hyperspectral optical microscopy, herein achieved by coupling a portable and transferable hyperspectral imager to various optical microscopes. The experimental and data analysis schemes involved in recording spectrally and spatially resolved fluorescence, dark field, and optical absorption micrographs are illustrated through prototypical measurements targeting selected model systems. Namely, hyperspectral fluorescence micrographs of isolated fluorescent beads are employed to ensure spectral calibration of our detector and to gauge the attainable spatial resolution of our measurements; the recorded images are diffraction-limited. Moreover, spatially over-sampled absorption spectroscopy of a single lipid (18:1 Liss Rhod PE) layer reveals that optical densities on the order of 10-3 may be resolved by spatially averaging the recorded optical signatures. We also briefly illustrate two applications of our setup in the general areas of plasmonics and cell biology. Most notably, we deploy hyperspectral optical absorption microscopy to identify and image algal pigments within a single live Tisochrysis lutea cell. Overall, this work paves the way for multimodal multidimensional spectral imaging measurements spanning the realms of several scientific disciples.
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL)
  2. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Physical Sciences Div.
  3. Surface Optics Corp., San Diego, CA (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0301-0104; 49643; KC0301050; KP1606000; KP1606000; TRN: US1800284
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Chemical Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 498-499; Journal ID: ISSN 0301-0104
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
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