Satoshi Kawata

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We demonstrate dynamic imaging of molecular distribution in unstained living cells using Raman scattering. By combining slit-scanning detection and optimizing the excitation wavelength, we imaged the dynamic molecular distributions of cytochrome c, protein beta sheets, and lipids in unstained HeLa cells with a temporal resolution of 3 minutes. We found that(More)
An electric field enhanced by a metallic nanoprobe has locally induced coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) of adenine molecules in a nanometric DNA network structure. Owing to the third-order nonlinearity, the excitation of the CARS polarization is extremely confined to the end of the tip apex, resulting in a spatial resolution far beyond the(More)
Raman microscopy is a promising technology for visualizing the distribution of molecules in cells. A challenge for live-cell imaging using Raman microscopy has been long imaging times owing to the weak Raman signal. Here we present a protocol for constructing and using a Raman microscope equipped with both a slit-scanning excitation and detection system and(More)
We demonstrate the use of saturated excitation in confocal fluorescence microscopy to improve the spatial resolution. In the proposed technique, we modulate the excitation intensity temporally and detect the harmonic modulation of the fluorescence signal which is caused by the saturated excitation in the center of the laser focus. Theoretical and(More)
Alkyne has a unique Raman band that does not overlap with Raman scattering from any endogenous molecule in live cells. Here, we show that alkyne-tag Raman imaging (ATRI) is a promising approach for visualizing nonimmobilized small molecules in live cells. An examination of structure-Raman shift/intensity relationships revealed that alkynes conjugated to an(More)
A novel power supply for medical implants has been developed. A wireless near-infrared power transmission recharges a lithium secondary battery in the power supply. A photovoltaic cell array embedded under skin receives near-infrared light through the skin and charges the battery directly powering an implanted device. We have shown that, for a photodiode(More)
Metal nanoparticles have recently emerged as ubiquitous surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) agents for nano-imaging and nano-analysis. These applications make use of the unique optical properties of metal nanoparticles to enhance the efficiency of Raman scattering, whereas the small size of the nanoparticles localizes the enhanced Raman scattering at(More)
Besides its desirable power level, the use of a laser as a light source in microscopes opens the possibility of observing high signal-to-noise ratio images of dynamic phenomena that are sensitive to certain polarizations, excitation wavelengths, and phase shifts. However, the image quality is degraded by speckle noise. We propose a new fiber-illuminated(More)
We propose a multifocus scanning technique in second-harmonic-generation (SHG) microscopy in which the SHG detection efficiency and the image acquisition rate are improved by several tens of times compared with typical single-focus scanning techniques. Because of a microlens array scanner, the laser beam of a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser is split into ~100(More)
An experimental protocol for the realization of three-dimensional periodic metallic micro/nanostructures over large areas is presented. Simultaneous fabrication of hundreds of three-dimensional complex polymer structures is achieved using a two-photon photopolymerization (TPP) technique combined with a microlens array. Metallization of the structures is(More)