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Nikon Ti A1R Confocal Microscope

The A1R was the high-end confocal solution from Nikon. Our system is equipped with 6 laser lines and 4 separate photomultiplier units and a spectral detector as well. The detector unit contains several dichroic mirrors and emission filters that can be changed using motorized filter wheels. The scanning head contains a hybrid scanner system incorporating both galvano and resonant scanners giving the user the extra option of high speed data acquisition. Using the resonant scanner one can scan a 515x512 pixel area at 30 frames per second. The two scanners can even be used simultaneously in photoactivation/photobleaching experiments. In these cases the galvano scanner is used for the activation of a given area and the resonant scanner is used for imaging. A separate PMT can be used to detect transmitted light. This can also be used to create DIC images with a polarizing DIC filter cube, a Nomarski prisms in the condenser/under the objective, and an addition polarizer. The scanner is equipped on a fully motorized Nikon Ti Eclipse inverted microscope with high quality plan fluor and plan apo objectives (4X, 10x,20x,40x,60x(Water), 60x(Oil)). Fluorescent episcopic illumination is achieved using the CoolLED pE-300 illumination system and a set of DAPI, FITC and TRIC filters. The setup is well suited for live cell imaging as it is outfitted with a SOLENT environmental chamber with controlled temperature, humidity and CO2 atmosphere. This system is a very advanced tool and using it's the motorized components in combination with the JOBS module of the NIS Elements software package.

Nikon Ni C2 Confocal Microscope

The C2 plus microscope is Nikon’s “work horse” laser scanning microscope. The scanning unit is equipped on a fully motorized Nikon Eclipse (Ni-E) microscope body. Our C2 confocal system enables users to acquire up to four channel images (available laser lines are: 405nm, 488nm, 561nm and 640nm) using 3 highly sensitive photomultiplier (PMT) detectors. Besides the confocal mode users can use the microscope in widefield mode with the Nikon Intensilight illuminator, a Nikon DS-Fi3 5.9 MP color CMOS camera and DAPI, FITC and TRIC filter cubes. The extremely precise motorized stage along with the motorized objective turret and filter wheel allow users to devise advanced imaging schemes. The microscope is equipped with high quality plan fluor and plan apo objectives (4X, 10x,20x, 60x). This very robust microscope is very user friendly and is suited for most biological applications.

Nikon N-STORM System

The Nikon N-STORM system is one of the crown jewels among Nikon’s microscope systems. Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM) has been a revolutionary technique that achieves super-resolution by temporally separating the registration of individual fluorophores. The most used case is the application of photo-switchable dyes that have a reversible dark state in the appropriate medium. A powerful laser is used to drive almost all of these molecules into a dark state. Periodically a few molecules return to the ground state and due to continuous illumination are excited again and again until driven into dark state again. Recording these spatially separated blinking events and fitting the centroid of the Point Spread Function (PSF) results in a point list. This point list will ulteriorly outline the investigated structure and enables the system to reach about tenfold increase in lateral/axial resolution (20-60nm laterally and 50-100nm axially).


The microscope is a TIRF microscope equipped with a series of lenses that focus the incoming laser onto the specimen to further increase the local light intensity 4x or 8X. Additionally it is equipped with Nikon’s cutting edge Perfect Focus System that compensates for drift in the Z direction. The unsurpassable stability achieved thanks to the PSF system is indispensable for STORM imaging. The microscope laser board contains 4 lines: 405,488,561 and 642nm (out of which the 642 and 561 are high power lasers) and a series of high quality filter cubes (HQ Blue, HQ Green, HQ Red, Far-red STORM and Red/Far-Red Dual STORM cube). The microscope is also fitted with a C2 confocal head that allows correlative STORM-Confocal imaging. Users can choos between 10x and 20x Plan Fluor and a 100x TIRF Plan Apo objective.