Light-sheet microscopy using an Airy beam

Tom Vettenburg (Lead / Corresponding author), Heather I. C. Dalgarno, Jonathan Nylk, Clara Coll-Lladó, David E. K. Ferrier, Tomáš Čižmár, Frank J. Gunn-Moore, Kishan Dholakia (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Light-sheet microscopy facilitates rapid, high-contrast, volumetric imaging with minimal sample exposure. However, the rapid divergence of a traditional Gaussian light sheet restricts the field of view (FOV) that provides innate subcellular resolution. We show that the Airy beam innately yields high contrast and resolution up to a tenfold larger FOV. In contrast to the Bessel beam, which also provides an increased FOV, the Airy beam's characteristic asymmetric excitation pattern results in all fluorescence contributing positively to the contrast, enabling a step change for light-sheet microscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-544
Number of pages4
JournalNature Methods
Issue number5
Early online date6 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • Cellular imaging
  • Fluorescence imaging
  • Light-sheet microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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