STED - STimulated Emission Depletion microscopy
Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X
Excitation: Whitelight + AOBS (freely tunable)
STED: 592 nm, 660 nm, 775 nm
Detection: freely tunable HyDTM detectors
Freely tunable (highly sample dependent)
Typically (in cell culture):
A STED microscope is a confocal microscope which comprises an additional high-power (STED) laser. This laser has to have a wavelength that does not excite the intended fluorophore but is within its emission spectrum. By shaping the beam, typically to a “donut”-shape, and overlaying this STED beam with the excitation-beam, fluorescence will be depleted at the rim of the excitation spot. Depletion occurs by forcing the excited electrons back to their ground state without emitting photons in the fluorescence wavelength. This results in a diffraction unlimited area in which the fluorophores are still able to fluoresce.