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Applied Scientific Instrumentation (ASI) worked with Special Optics to develop two immersion/​dipping objective lenses for light sheet microscopy. ​ They were intended for use with cleared tissue samples, but are useful for live cell imaging when a very long working distance or RI matching is important. ​ These objectives work in any refractive index media without a correction collar. ​ The first objective (54-10-12) has nominal NA 0.4 and has been offered since October 2017 at the price of \$15k. ​ The second design (54-12-8) has nominal NA 0.7 and is expected to be available ​May 2019 for \$24k. ​ ASI is the sole distributor of these objectives but will sell them freely to anyone interested, including home builders and companies. + Applied Scientific Instrumentation (ASI) worked with Special Optics to develop two immersion/​dipping objective lenses for light sheet microscopy. ​ They were intended for use with cleared tissue samples, but are useful for live cell imaging when a very long working distance or RI matching is important. ​ These objectives work in any refractive index media without a correction collar.((but not through a coverslip; this would require a correction collar)) ​ The first objective (54-10-12) has nominal NA 0.4 and has been offered since October 2017 at the price of \$15k. ​ The second design (54-12-8) has nominal NA 0.7 and became ​available ​June 2019 for \$24k. ​ ASI is the sole distributor of these objectives but will sell them freely to anyone interested, including home builders and companies. - The original goal was isotropic ~1 micron resolution at least 5 mm deep into slabs of cleared tissue. ​ Doing this with a dSPIM/​diSPIM geometry (two orthogonal identical objectives ​each 45 degrees above the sample) requires a modest NA objective with extremely long working distance and tapered shape. ​ We designed the objective lens accommodate a wide variety of imaging media, which is an important feature given the variety and rapid development of clearing protocols. ​ The first objective lens has been very well received but some users have expressed interest in higher resolution, which led to the design of the second objective lens with higher NA at the expense of some working distance and field of view.  These are unique objectives because of the combination of multi-immersion capability, very long working distance, and mechanical profile amenable to light sheet imaging. ((Other objectives being used for light sheet imaging of cleared tissue ​at present ​were designed for confocal imaging, with relatively large NA and "​fat"​ form factor.)) + The original goal was isotropic ~1 micron resolution at least 5 mm deep into slabs of cleared tissue. ​ Doing this with a dSPIM/​diSPIM geometry (two orthogonal identical objectives) requires a modest NA objective with extremely long working distance and tapered shape. ​ We designed the objective lens accommodate a wide variety of imaging media, which is an important feature given the variety and rapid development of clearing protocols. ​ The first objective lens has been very well received but some users have expressed interest in higher resolution, which led to the design of the second objective lens with higher NA at the expense of some working distance and field of view.  These are unique objectives because of the combination of multi-immersion capability, very long working distance, and mechanical profile amenable to light sheet imaging. ((Other objectives being used for light sheet imaging of cleared tissue were designed for confocal imaging, with relatively large NA and "​fat"​ form factor ​so they can't be used in symmetric configuration.)) {{ :​documentation:​cleared_tissue_objective.png?​200|}} {{ :​documentation:​cleared_tissue_objective.png?​200|}} Line 12: Line 12: |  Numerical Aperture ​     |  0.4 @ RI 1.45       ​| ​ 0.37 – 0.43 over RI range                                   | |  Numerical Aperture ​     |  0.4 @ RI 1.45       ​| ​ 0.37 – 0.43 over RI range                                   | |  Immersion Media RI      |  1.33 – 1.56         ​| ​ will also work in air or any media RI                       | |  Immersion Media RI      |  1.33 – 1.56         ​| ​ will also work in air or any media RI                       | - |  Chemical Resistance ​    ​| ​ very high           ​| ​ Aqueous and organic solvents including DBE and more (see [[cleared_tissue_objective#​known_safe_media|list]]) ​ | + |  Chemical Resistance ​    ​| ​ very high           ​| ​ Aqueous and organic solvents including DBE and more (see [[multi-immersion_objectives#​known_safe_media|list]]) ​ | |  Effective Focal Length ​ |  12 mm @ RI 1.45     ​| ​ 15.3x – 17.9x over RI range w/ 200 mm TL                    | |  Effective Focal Length ​ |  12 mm @ RI 1.45     ​| ​ 15.3x – 17.9x over RI range w/ 200 mm TL                    | |  Working Distance ​       |  12 mm (for all RI)  |  > 5 mm imaging depth with flat sample, 12 mm Ø sphere ​      | |  Working Distance ​       |  12 mm (for all RI)  |  > 5 mm imaging depth with flat sample, 12 mm Ø sphere ​      | Line 19: Line 19: |  Chromatic Correction ​   |  480 – 720 nm        |  Performance varies by media, optimized for CLARITY and TDE  | |  Chromatic Correction ​   |  480 – 720 nm        |  Performance varies by media, optimized for CLARITY and TDE  | |  Correction Collar ​      ​| ​ None                |  Designed for dipping (immersion w/o coverslip) ​             | |  Correction Collar ​      ​| ​ None                |  Designed for dipping (immersion w/o coverslip) ​             | - |  Form Factor ​            ​| ​ Nikon style         ​| ​ 61.6 mm parfocal distance, M25 x 0.75 threads, 38.5 mm OD     | + |  Form Factor ​            ​| ​ Nikon style         ​| ​ 61.6 mm parfocal distance, M25 x 0.75 threads, 38.5 mm OD, ~225 g     | - The mechanical drawing is available ​{{:​documentation:​drawing_objective_54_10_12_rev_c.pdf|here}} ((There is a slight ​difference in the profile of the nose in objectives ​sold before March 2019, the drawing for it is at {{:​documentation:​drawing_cleared_objective_rev_c.pdf|here}}. ​ Very early objectives made in 2017 had further slight differences in the nose profile.)).  ​3D CAD models and Zemax black box file are available from ASI upon request. + The {{:​documentation:​drawing_objective_54_10_12_rev_c.pdf|mechanical drawing}} and corresponding {{:​documentation:​54-10-12_rev_c_step.zip|3D CAD file}} are available. ​((There is a difference in the profile of the step position ​in objectives ​with SN less than 58 (roughly May 2019 transition), the drawing for it is at {{:​documentation:​drawing_cleared_objective_rev_b.pdf|here}}. ​ Very early objectives made in 2017 had further slight differences in the nose profile ​but those were all later retrofitted.)). Of interest is a drawing of how two of the 54-10-12 objectives co-focus which is [[http://​dispim.org/​_media/​hardware/​config1_54-10-12_qty_2.pdf|posted on dispim.org]].  Zemax black box files are available from ASI upon request. ​ + {{ :​documentation:​54-12-8_objective.png?​200|}} ===== 54-12-8 Specifications ===== ===== 54-12-8 Specifications ===== Line 29: Line 30: |  Numerical Aperture ​     |  0.7 @ RI 1.45       ​| ​ 0.64 – 0.75 over RI range                                   | |  Numerical Aperture ​     |  0.7 @ RI 1.45       ​| ​ 0.64 – 0.75 over RI range                                   | |  Immersion Media RI      |  1.33 – 1.56         ​| ​ will also work in air or any media RI                       | |  Immersion Media RI      |  1.33 – 1.56         ​| ​ will also work in air or any media RI                       | - |  Chemical Resistance ​    ​| ​ very high           ​| ​ Aqueous and organic solvents including DBE and more (see [[cleared_tissue_objective#​known_safe_media|list]]) ​ | + |  Chemical Resistance ​    ​| ​ very high           ​| ​ Aqueous and organic solvents including DBE and more (see [[multi-immersion_objectives#​known_safe_media|list]]) ​ | |  Effective Focal Length ​ |  8.4 mm @ RI 1.45    |  22x – 26x over RI range w/ 200 mm TL                    | |  Effective Focal Length ​ |  8.4 mm @ RI 1.45    |  22x – 26x over RI range w/ 200 mm TL                    | |  Working Distance ​       |  10 mm (for all RI)  |  2 mm imaging depth with flat sample, 10 mm Ø sphere ​      | |  Working Distance ​       |  10 mm (for all RI)  |  2 mm imaging depth with flat sample, 10 mm Ø sphere ​      | Line 36: Line 37: |  Chromatic Correction ​   |  480 – 720 nm        |  Performance varies by media, optimized for CLARITY and TDE  | |  Chromatic Correction ​   |  480 – 720 nm        |  Performance varies by media, optimized for CLARITY and TDE  | |  Correction Collar ​      ​| ​ None                |  Designed for dipping (immersion w/o coverslip) ​             | |  Correction Collar ​      ​| ​ None                |  Designed for dipping (immersion w/o coverslip) ​             | - |  Form Factor ​            ​| ​ Nikon style         ​| ​ 83 mm parfocal distance, M25 x 0.75 threads, 38.5 mm OD     | + |  Form Factor ​            ​| ​ Nikon style         ​| ​ 83 mm parfocal distance, M25 x 0.75 threads, 38.5 mm OD, ~383 g     | - The mechanical drawing is available ​{{:​documentation:​drawing_objective_54_12_8.pdf|here}}.  3D CAD models and Zemax black box file are available from ASI upon request. + The {{:​documentation:​drawing_objective_54_12_8.pdf|mechanical drawing}} and corresponding {{:​documentation:​54-12-8_rev_a_step.zip|3D CAD file}} are available. ​ Of interest is a drawing of how two of the 54-12-8 objectives co-focus which is [[http://​dispim.org/​_media/​hardware/​config9_54-12-8_qty_2.pdf|posted on dispim.org]].  ​Zemax black box files are available from ASI upon request. ===== Magnification ===== ===== Magnification ===== Line 55: Line 56: Because the magnification depends on the imaging medium, magnification ideally would be measured empirically. ​ However, for most situations estimating the magnification based on the presumed RI of the imaging medium is probably sufficient. Because the magnification depends on the imaging medium, magnification ideally would be measured empirically. ​ However, for most situations estimating the magnification based on the presumed RI of the imaging medium is probably sufficient. - The reason that the effective focal length (and hence magnification) depends on the refractive index of the medium can be understood in a few different ways.  Perhaps the most simple way to understand is to consider the "back aperture"​ of the objective.((The back aperture or pupil is closely related but not identical to the back focal plane)) ​ The NA, the EFL, and the size of the back aperture are related by the following well-known equation BA<​sub>​Ø​ = 2 * NA * EFL.  The NA of the objective is proportional to the RI of the media; this is essentially definitional. ​ The back aperture has a fixed size.  For the equation to hold then the EFL must be inversely proportional to the RI, meaning the magnification is proportional to the RI.  An alternative way of understanding is to consider an off-axis ray which passes through the center of the surface between the first objective element and the media. ​ The ray will be refracted off of the glass/media surface with an angle given by [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Snell'​s_law|Snell'​s law]] which says the ratio of sin θ to RI is constant. ​ For relatively small angles, sin θ ≈ θ, which means that the outgoing angle of the ray is is inversely proportional to the medium'​s RI.  Hence the the displacement from center of that ray at the image plane is inversely proportional to the RI, which is equivalent to saying that the magnification is changed proportionally by the medium'​s RI. + The reason that the effective focal length (and hence magnification) depends on the refractive index of the medium can be understood in a few different ways.  Perhaps the most simple way to understand is to consider the "back aperture"​ of the objective.((The back aperture or pupil is closely related but not identical to the back focal plane)) ​ The NA, the EFL, and the size of the back aperture are related by the following well-known equation BA<​sub>​Ø​ = 2 * NA * EFL.  The NA of the objective is proportional to the RI of the media; this is essentially definitional. ​ The back aperture has a fixed size.  For the equation to hold then the EFL must be inversely proportional to the RI, meaning the magnification is proportional to the RI.  An alternative way of understanding is to consider an off-axis ray which passes through the center of the surface between the first objective element and the media. ​ The ray will be refracted off of the glass/media surface with an angle given by [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Snell'​s_law|Snell'​s law]] which says the ratio of sin θ to RI is constant. ​ For relatively small angles, sin θ ≈ θ, which means that the outgoing angle of the ray is is inversely proportional to the medium'​s RI.  Hence the the displacement from center of that ray at the image plane is inversely proportional to the RI, which is equivalent to saying that the magnification is changed proportionally by the medium'​s RI.  Incidentally,​ the same argument suggests that the magnification varies with RI for **all** objective lenses. ===== Numerical Aperture and Resolution ===== ===== Numerical Aperture and Resolution ===== Line 80: Line 81: Both of these objective lenses have been designed with very large working distance. ​ A unique feature is that the working distance is the same for all media. Both of these objective lenses have been designed with very large working distance. ​ A unique feature is that the working distance is the same for all media. - For most objective lenses, the WD depends on the medium'​s RI due to refraction at the objective/​media surface. ​ Realizing this was going to be a practical issue we specifically designed both objectives to have uniform WD for all RI.  The optical implementation of this feature is straightforward:​ the first element of the objective is concave with radius of curvature centered on the focal plane. ​ Thus to first order there is no refraction at that surface and hence the WD is constant for all RI. + For most objective lenses, the WD depends on the medium'​s RI due to refraction at the objective/​media surface. ​ Realizing this was going to be a practical issue we specifically designed both objectives to have uniform WD for all RI.  The optical implementation of this feature is straightforward:​ the first element of the objective is concave with radius of curvature centered on the focal plane. ​ Thus to first order there is no refraction at that surface and hence the WD is constant for all RI.  For the same reason, there is no intrinsic spherical aberration as the medium RI changes, unlike objective lenses with a flat first surface. ===== Location of Back Focal Plane ===== ===== Location of Back Focal Plane ===== - For some applications (e.g. light sheet illumination) it is important to maintain "​4f"​ spacing between optical elements, i.e. space adjacent lenses so that their focal planes line up.  If an external lens is positioned with focal position at this plane, parallel rays into the lens pair will emerge from the objective parallel. ​ Although the working distance does not depend on the refractive index of the medium, the location of the back focal plane does depend on it slightly. ​ Per optical simulations for the 54-10-12 objective lens, the location of the back focal plane referenced to flange is approximately 31.07 mm - 38.80 mm * RI + 9.42 mm * RI^2 (negative inside flange). ​ Specifically,​ this is ~4  mm inside the flange for water, ~5.4 mm inside the flange for FocusClear, and ~6.5 mm inside the flange for ethyl cinnamate (RI 1.56). ​ Per optical simulations for the 54-12-8 objective lens, the location of the back focal plane referenced to flange is approximately -11.75 mm - 22.90 mm * RI + 5.87 mm * RI^2 (negative inside flange). ​ Specifically,​ this is ~31.8  mm inside the flange for water, ~32.5 mm inside the flange for FocusClear, and ~33.2 mm inside the flange for ethyl cinnamate (RI 1.56). ​ + For some applications (e.g. light sheet illumination) it is important to maintain "​4f"​ spacing between optical elements, i.e. space adjacent lenses so that their focal planes line up.  If an external lens is positioned with focal position at this plane, parallel rays into the lens pair will emerge from the objective parallel. ​ Although the working distance does not depend on the refractive index of the medium, the location of the back focal plane does depend on it slightly. ​ Per optical simulations for the 54-10-12 objective lens, the location of the back focal plane referenced to flange is approximately 31.07 mm - 38.80 mm * RI + 9.42 mm * RI^2 (negative inside flange). ​ Specifically,​ this is ~4  mm inside the flange for water, ~5.4 mm inside the flange for FocusClear, and ~6.5 mm inside the flange for ethyl cinnamate (RI 1.56). ​ Per optical simulations for the 54-12-8 objective lens, the location of the back focal plane referenced to flange is approximately -11.75 mm - 22.90 mm * RI + 5.87 mm * RI^2 (negative inside flange). ​ Specifically,​ this is ~31.8  mm inside the flange for water, ~32.5 mm inside the flange for FocusClear, and ~33.2 mm inside the flange for ethyl cinnamate (RI 1.56). The difference in back focal plane position between the two objectives depends on RI, but is to a good approximation the location is 27 mm deeper inside the objective for the 54-12-8 as measured from the flange, or 5 mm closer to the sample. ===== Spherical and Chromatic Aberrations ===== ===== Spherical and Chromatic Aberrations ===== - Correction collars are commonly used to correct high-NA objectives for spherical aberrations when imaging through a variable-thickness coverslip and/or at different temperatures. ​ Other multi-immersion objectives have a correction collar for different media RI.  Even though our objectives have no correction collar, spherical aberrations are still within the diffraction limit for all media and wavelengths simulated due to design features [[cleared_tissue_objective#​ri_range|discussed below]], most notably the curved first surface. ​ The objectives have minimal ​chromatic ​aberration in the NIR spectrum to allow for multi-photon excitation. + Correction collars are commonly used to correct high-NA objectives for spherical aberrations when imaging through a variable-thickness coverslip and/or at different temperatures. ​ Other multi-immersion objectives have a correction collar for different media RI.  Even though our objectives have no correction collar, spherical aberrations are still within the diffraction limit for all media and wavelengths simulated due to design features [[multi-immersion_objectives#​ri_range|discussed below]], most notably the curved first surface. + + The objectives have minimal ​spherical ​aberration in the NIR spectrum to allow for multi-photon excitation, though they are corrected chromatically only in the visible. ​ Internal anti-reflective coatings are optimized for visible, but it is possible to make a batch with coatings optimized for NIR (e.g. 800-1600 nm); contact ASI if you are interested in this possibility. Chromatic aberrations are rooted in dispersion, which describes how the exact RI changes with wavelength (commonly reported as the Abbe number). ​ For a specific medium the dispersion can be corrected, but since these objectives are designed to work in many media it cannot be perfectly corrected for all of them.  Chromatic correction could have been improved with a correction collar; this was deemed to add too much complexity for the corresponding benefit. ​ Hence, during the design we could only optimize the chromatic correction for one media, but it turns out that both TDE and CLARITY/​Focus Clear are very well corrected for.  The dotted line on the plot below shows the approximate "​perfect"​ correction line.  Chromatic aberrations can be categorized as lateral color, meaning different wavelengths have slightly different magnification,​ and axial color, meaning that the focus point is shifted slightly. These chromatic effects scale with the distance from the "​perfect"​ correction line in the plot.  The lateral color for water, a rather extreme case as seen from the plot, amounts to ~0.3% change in magnification between 480 nm light and 640nm light for the 54-10-12. ​ We expect that the lateral color can be corrected in post-processing if needed. The axial color remains within the diffraction limit for all media simulated. Chromatic aberrations are rooted in dispersion, which describes how the exact RI changes with wavelength (commonly reported as the Abbe number). ​ For a specific medium the dispersion can be corrected, but since these objectives are designed to work in many media it cannot be perfectly corrected for all of them.  Chromatic correction could have been improved with a correction collar; this was deemed to add too much complexity for the corresponding benefit. ​ Hence, during the design we could only optimize the chromatic correction for one media, but it turns out that both TDE and CLARITY/​Focus Clear are very well corrected for.  The dotted line on the plot below shows the approximate "​perfect"​ correction line.  Chromatic aberrations can be categorized as lateral color, meaning different wavelengths have slightly different magnification,​ and axial color, meaning that the focus point is shifted slightly. These chromatic effects scale with the distance from the "​perfect"​ correction line in the plot.  The lateral color for water, a rather extreme case as seen from the plot, amounts to ~0.3% change in magnification between 480 nm light and 640nm light for the 54-10-12. ​ We expect that the lateral color can be corrected in post-processing if needed. The axial color remains within the diffraction limit for all media simulated. Line 106: Line 109: ==== Chemical Compatibility ==== ==== Chemical Compatibility ==== - Our objective lenses are designed for direct immersion in index-matching medium, but some media used for tissue clearing are corrosive. ​ The main damage mechanism is media dissolving the glue holding the lens elements in place. ​ This objective was designed to be maximally resistant to media; see list of known safe media below. ​ The only change made between the prototype and production versions of the objective was to improve the sealing materials to allow immersion in more aggressive media. + Our objective lenses are designed for direct immersion in index-matching medium.  Even though ​some media used for tissue clearing are corrosive, these objectives can be immersed in most all of them (see list below).  The main damage mechanism is media dissolving the glue holding the lens elements in place. ​ This objective was designed to be maximally resistant to media; see list of known safe media below. ​ The only change made between the prototype and production versions of the first (NA 0.4) objective was to improve the sealing materials to allow immersion in more aggressive media. ASI maintains a list of known safe media (below). ​ Exposing the objectives to the safe media is covered by the two-year warranty on the objectives. ** If you want to use a media not on the known safe list you can either proceed at your own risk or take the time to arrange for a chemical compatibility test using some special dummy objectives.** ​ If the test passes then the media will be added to the known safe list so that others won't have to repeat the test.  Contact ASI to arrange a loan of these dummy objectives and instructions for performing the test. ASI maintains a list of known safe media (below). ​ Exposing the objectives to the safe media is covered by the two-year warranty on the objectives. ** If you want to use a media not on the known safe list you can either proceed at your own risk or take the time to arrange for a chemical compatibility test using some special dummy objectives.** ​ If the test passes then the media will be added to the known safe list so that others won't have to repeat the test.  Contact ASI to arrange a loan of these dummy objectives and instructions for performing the test.
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