Integrated 3D macro-trapping and light-sheet imaging system

Zhengyi Yang, Peeter Piksarv, David E.K. Ferrier, Frank J. Gunn-Moore, Kishan Dholakia*

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Biological research requires high-speed and low-damage imaging techniques for live specimens in areas such as development study in embryos. Light sheet microscopy provides fast imaging speed whilst keeps the photo-damage and photo-blenching to minimum. Conventional sample embedding methods in light sheet imaging involves using agent such as agarose which potentially affects the behavior and the develop pattern of the specimens. Here we demonstrate integrating dual-beam trapping method into light sheet imaging system to confine and translate the specimen whilst light sheet images are taken. Tobacco plant cells as well as Spirobranchus lamarcki larva were trapped solely with optical force and sectional images were acquired. This now approach has the potential to extend the applications of light sheet imaging significantly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII
EditorsGabriel C. Spalding, Kishan Dholakia, Kishan Dholakia, Gabriel C. Spalding
ISBN (Electronic)9781628417142, 9781628417142
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII - San Diego, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201512 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • counter-propagating trap
  • dual-beam trap
  • Light sheet imaging
  • openSPIM
  • optical trapping
  • Spirobranchus lamarcki larva.


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