Eva Rittweger

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Because they have spin states that can be optically polarized and detected, fluorescent nitrogen vacancies in diamond1–3 have considerable potential for applications in quantum cryptography4,5 and computation6–8, as well as for nanoscale magnetic imaging9,10 and biolabelling11,12. However, their optical detection and control are hampered by the diffraction(More)
We report on a straightforward yet powerful implementation of stimulated emission depletion (STED) fluorescence microscopy providing subdiffraction resolution in the far-field. Utilizing the same super-continuum pulsed laser source both for excitation and STED, this implementation of STED microscopy avoids elaborate preparations of laser pulses and(More)
The basic organisation of the endomembrane system is conserved in all eukaryotes and comparative genome analyses provides compelling evidence that the endomembrane system of the last common eukaryotic ancestor (LCEA) is complex with many genes required for regulated traffic being present. Although apicomplexan parasites, causative agents of severe human and(More)
In stimulated emission depletion (STED) nanoscopy the wavelength of the STED beam is usually tuned towards the red tail of the emission maximum of the fluorophore. Shifting the STED wavelength closer to the emission peak, i.e. towards the blue region, favorably increases the stimulated emission cross-section. However, this blue-shifting also increases the(More)
We prove that stimulated emission is by far the dominant quenching mechanism for providing super-resolution in fluorescence microscopy with a red-shifted depletion beam. Our evidences are based on simultaneously measuring fluorescence quenching and photon gain in the quenching beam. Measurements were performed for several fluorescent dyes including(More)
We report on a method to reduce the number of state transition cycles that a molecule undergoes in far-field optical nanoscopy of the RESOLFT type, i.e. concepts relying on saturable (fluorescence) state transitions induced by a spatially modulated light pattern. The method is exemplified for stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy which uses(More)
Charged nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers in diamond are excellent luminescence sources for far-field fluorescence nanoscopy by stimulated emission depletion (STED). Here we show that these photostable color centers can be visualized by STED using simple continuous-wave or high repetition pulsed lasers (76 MHz) at wavelengths >700 nm for STED.(More)
Nitrogen–vacancy (NV) colour centres in diamond are attractive fluorescence emitters owing to their unprecedented photostability and superior applicability to spin manipulation and sub-diffraction far-field optical microscopy. However, some applications are limited by the co-occurrence of dark state population and optical excitation. In this paper, we use(More)
We show that far-field fluorescence nanoscopy by stimulated emission depletion (STED) can be realized with compact off-the-shelf laser diodes, such as those used in laser pointers and DVDs. A spatial resolution of 40-50 nm is attained by pulsing a 660 nm DVD-diode. The efficacy of these low-cost STED microscopes in biological imaging is demonstrated by(More)