Point-spread function engineering to reduce the impact of spherical aberration on 3D computational fluorescence microscopy imaging.

Abstract

Wavefront encoding (WFE) with different cubic phase mask designs was investigated in engineering 3D point-spread functions (PSF) to reduce their sensitivity to depth-induced spherical aberration (SA) which affects computational complexity in 3D microscopy imaging. The sensitivity of WFE-PSFs to defocus and to SA was evaluated as a function of phase mask parameters using mean-square-error metrics to facilitate the selection of mask designs for extended-depth-of-field (EDOF) microscopy and for computational optical sectioning microscopy (COSM). Further studies on pupil phase contribution and simulated WFE-microscope images evaluated the engineered PSFs and demonstrated SA insensitivity over sample depths of 30 μm. Despite its low sensitivity to SA, the successful WFE design for COSM maintains a high sensitivity to defocus as it is desired for optical sectioning.

DOI: 10.1364/OE.19.023298

Cite this paper

@article{Yuan2011PointspreadFE, title={Point-spread function engineering to reduce the impact of spherical aberration on 3D computational fluorescence microscopy imaging.}, author={Shuai Yuan and Chrysanthe Preza}, journal={Optics express}, year={2011}, volume={19 23}, pages={23298-314} }