By Wolfgang Becker
This booklet is an try and bridge the space among the instrumental rules of multi-dimensional time-correlated unmarried photon counting (TCSPC) and common purposes of the process. Written via an originator of the method and by way of sucessful clients, it covers the elemental ideas of the method, its interplay with optical imaging tools and its program to a variety of experimental initiatives in lifestyles sciences and scientific research.
The booklet is suggested for all clients of time-resolved detection recommendations in biology, bio-chemistry, spectroscopy of stay structures, reside mobile microscopy, medical imaging, spectroscopy of unmarried molecules, and different functions that require the detection of low-level gentle indications at single-photon sensitivity and picosecond time resolution.
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19 may look like a record-and-save procedure. It is, however, different in that it records subsequent waveforms into one single photon distribution. There is no time needed to read and save the data. g. the induction of a change in the fluorescence decay of a sample would be repeated, the run of the sequencer through the waveform blocks triggered by the stimulation, and the photons accumulated into a distribution according to their times after the excitation pulse and their times after the stimulation.
The applications can essentially be divided into three classes: Measurement of parameters of the local molecular environment of the fluorophores (Chaps. 4 and 5), protein interaction experiments by FRET (Förster Energy Transfer, Chaps. 7 and 8), and imaging of metabolic parameters via the fluorescence lifetimes of endogenous fluorophores (Chaps. 13, 14, and 15). Examples for the three classes of applications are shown in Figs. 25. Measurements of molecular environment parameters are based on changes in the fluorescence lifetime of a fluorophore with its molecular environment .
A time series recorded by the principle shown in Fig. 19 can have a correspondingly large number of steps. However, there are applications which require to record a time-series with step times in the millisecond range over a period of time that can reach hours. Such data can be recorded by a memory swapping procedure. The principle is shown in Fig. 21. The memory of the TCSPC device is split in two independent memory banks. When the measurement is started the sequencer starts to record in the ﬁrst waveform block of the ﬁrst bank.
Advanced Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting Applications by Wolfgang Becker