This technology is a hardware and software solution that provides an optically perfect TIRF imaging. Adaptable on any combination of microscopes, objectives, XYZ stages and accessories, our new product guarantees the automatically calibrated and reproducible positionned TIRF angles.
Coupled with a detection optical module, it offers an optimal and simultaneous multicolor imaging with the benefits of ASTER technology. This technology provides an ultra-widefield and speckle-free illumination of biological structures close to the coverslip such as membranes, focal adhesions, and much more.
ASTER TIRF illumination, co-developed with Sandrine Lévêque-Fort and published in Nature Communication (A. Mau et al., 2021), outperforms standard TIRF strategy because it breaks classical interference fringes like the Ring/Azimuthal TIRF method.
ASTER TIRF illumination also surpasses Ring/Azimuthal method because it is offering a >95% uniform excitation over the largest FOV, while Ring/Azimuthal TIRF is strongly limited by the gaussian shape of the laser irradiance.
Optics inside the illumination device are designed to reduce drastically chromatic aberration for the range 488-640 nm, thus offering TIRF excitation over a wide spectrum.
Special custom dichroic CUBES have been designed to remove ghost images and also to reduce crosstalk between channels, thus offering up to 4 colors simultaneous imaging.
Highly stable optomechanical components holding dichroic cubes have been carefully chosen to simplify the alignment of the 4 colors images. A software digital alignment tool has also been developed to offer < 0,7 pixel precision of alignment.