April 2014
Volume 55, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   April 2014
Polarization Controlled Second-Harmonic Microscopy For Cornea Collagen-I Fibril Imaging
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • JiaJun Li
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Denise Valente
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sara Castillo
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Brian Vohnsen
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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    Commercial Relationships JiaJun Li, None; Denise Valente, None; Sara Castillo, None; Brian Vohnsen, None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science April 2014, Vol.55, 2474. doi:
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      JiaJun Li, Denise Valente, Sara Castillo, Brian Vohnsen; Polarization Controlled Second-Harmonic Microscopy For Cornea Collagen-I Fibril Imaging. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014;55(13):2474.

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Purpose: Second-harmonic microscopy has been widely used to image cornea collagen structure in the stroma. Signal efficiency is affected by the angle between incident beam polarization and material polarization. In our experiment two spatial light modulators (SLMs) are used to alter the spatial state of polarization at will from radial to azimuthal. The purpose of this is to examine which polarizations are best at highlighting collagen fibrils at different orientations.

Methods: A custom made multiphoton microscope has been combined with two SLMs. An 800nm wavelength femtosecond laser is used as illumination source. The laser beam is scanned by two galvo-scanners and a piezoelectric stage is used to provide 3D scan capability. Signals are collected in both the forward and backward directions to create background-free images. The laser beam polarization is altered prior to each acquisition and images are analyzed to find their specific pros and cons.

Results: The results reveal that the visibility of collagen fibrilar orientation is highly sensitive to the polarization state of the incident beam. For 3D imaging radial polarization beams give the best out-of-plane probing results but the signal is dramatically reduced since less collagen fibrils point perpendicular to the lamellae.

Conclusions: Different laser polarizations have unique imaging potential. It remains a challenge to obtain high quality images for each setting of polarization, but provided that the laser power is kept high, and dispersion in the SLMs is kept at a minimum, the technique holds promise for automated detection of fibrilar orientation at any angle.

Keywords: 480 cornea: basic science • 596 microscopy: confocal/tunneling  

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