Abstract

High-speed imaging is of the utmost importance for video-rate live cell investigations or to study extended sample areas at sufficient spatial resolution within reasonable time scales. Improving the speed of single-focus stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy is ultimately restricted by the sample’s damage threshold and the shot noise of the demodulated laser source. To overcome this limitation, we present a dual-focus SRS approach modulating the pump laser for each focus at a distinct frequency. The corresponding probe beams are detected each by a photodiode and demodulated individually by two separate lock-in units to avoid inter-focal cross-talk. Two laterally or axially displaced images as well as hyperspectral SRS images can be obtained simultaneously within the field of view of the objective lens. The modular implementation presented here can be extended to multiple foci by using multi-channel acousto-optics modulators in combination with multi-channel lock-in amplifiers.

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