Self-reconstructing Bessel beam created by two-photon-polymerized micro-axicon for light-sheet fluorescence microscopy

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Observing micro-organisms with depth-resolving capability is important in optical microscopy for biomedical sciences and industries. We demonstrate the fabrication and use of a two-photon polymerized micro-axicon lens that generates a self-reconstructing pencil-like Bessel beam for light-sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM), providing 3D internal structures of micro-organisms. The fabricated SU-8 micro-axicon of 100 mu m diameter transforms the input Gaussian beam from a single-mode fiber into a non-diffractive Bessel-Gauss beam. The focused spot size of the Bessel-Gauss beam is 2.3 +/- 0.25 mu m with a long propagation distance over 160 mu m, which is well-suited for LSFM. The self-reconstruction capability of the generated Bessel-Gauss beam is investigated thoroughly through both simulations and experiments. Since this micro-axicon can be directly 3D-printed on single-mode fibers' end facets or small mobile substrates, this can replace the bulky objective lens from conventional light-sheet microscopes. This will facilitate the wide-spread use of 3D tomographic imaging of microorganisms, especially in compact micro-fluidic devices and lab-on-a-chip architectures.
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ELSEVIER
Issue Date
2021-05
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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RESULTS IN PHYSICS, v.24

ISSN
2211-3797
DOI
10.1016/j.rinp.2021.104111
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/285387
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ME-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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