Use of a night vision intensifier for direct visualization by eye of far-red and near-infrared fluorescence through an optical microscope

M. A. Siddiqi, G. M. Kilduff, J. D. Gearhart

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Abstract

We describe the design, construction and testing of a prototype device that allows the direct visualization by eye of farred and near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence through an optical microscope. The device incorporates a gallium arsenide (GaAs) image intensifier, typically utilized in low-light or 'night vision' applications. The intensifier converts far-red and NIR light into electrons and then into green light, which is visible to the human eye. The prototype makes possible the direct, real-time viewing by eye of normally invisible far-red and NIR fluorescence from a wide variety of fluorophores, using the full field of view of the microscope to which it is applied. The high sensitivity of the image intensifier facilitates the viewing of a wide variety of photosensitive specimens, including live cells and embryos, at vastly reduced illumination levels in both fluorescence and bright-field microscopy. Modifications to the microscope are not required in order to use the prototype, which is fully compatible with all current fluorescence techniques. Refined versions of the prototype device will have broad research and clinical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-143
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Microscopy
Volume212
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2003

Keywords

  • Cy5
  • Direct visualization
  • Far-red
  • Fluorescence
  • Image intensifier
  • Low-light
  • Microscope
  • Near-infrared
  • Night vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation

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