Use of lasers in standard Wide-Field and Single Molecule Localization Microscopies (SMLM) causes inhomogeneities along the field of view, provides fixed illumination shapes and prevents quantitative sample analysis. Moreover, when focalized in the back focal plane (BFP) of the objective, a laser can be shifted to provide oblique and Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF) optical sectioning but this scheme is incompatible with the most state of the art uniform illumination setups and will produce severe speckle artefacts.
We present a novel and highly versatile illumination scheme named Adaptative Scanning for Tuneable Excitation Regions (ASTER). ASTER provides uniform excitation, optical sectioning and resulting image quality on any field of view (FOV) sizes at high temporal resolution. Because of its high vertsatility it can adapt to numerous samples and balance the blinking or emission properties of fluorophores.
At custom laser powers, ASTER directly provides 150*150µm² super resolution images, it can also perform fast acquisitions (<2min ) on small fields, paving the way to a confident, high-throughput and quantitative data analysis