We present a beam splitter mask that can be easily added to a multiphoton raster scanning microscope to extend the depth of focus five-fold at a small loss in lateral resolution. The method is designed for ultrafast laser pulses or other light-sources featuring a low coherence length. In contrast to other methods of focus extension, our approach uniquely combines low complexity, high light-throughput and multicolor capability. We characterize the point spread function in a two-photon microscope and demonstrate fluorescence imaging of GFP labeled neurons in fixed brain samples as imaged with conventional and extended depth of focus two-photon microscopy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics