Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 33(1), 69 (2017).

Improvement of Spatial Resolution for Nonlinear Raman Microscopy by Spatial Light Modulation
Motohiro BANNO, Konosuke ONDA, and Hiroharu YUI
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Tokyo University of Science, 1-3 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-8601, Japan
The development of a stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscope with a wavefront modulation unit is presented. In the apparatus, two beams for introducing the SRS process were focused into the sample with an objective lens. In the pathway of the Stokes beam, which is one of the two incident beams, a spatial light modulator (SLM) was located. Using the SLM, the wavefront of the Stokes beam was modulated to make the shape of the focal point a concentric circular pattern. By this spot shaping technique, the area where the SRS signal generates is restricted. The instrument response function (IRF) of the SRS microscope was examined by measuring the SRS intensity while scanning the sample position. From the result, the width of the IRF was reduced by about 15% by the wavefront modulation. It is suggested that the introduction of SLM is a way to improve the IRF of vibrational spectroscopic microscopes.