Abstract

In 4Pi fluorescence microscopy the point-spread function is composed of a strong central lobe accompanied by interference sidelobes that produce artifacts in the image. We propose to combine two-color two-photon fluorescence microscopy and 4Pi fluorescence microscopy to overcome this sidelobe problem. Simulation results show that a single sharp fluorescence spot can be produced by use of two excitation wavelengths of 400 and 800 nm and detected at 350-nm emission wavelength.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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