MICRO-562 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Seitz Arne, Altug Hatice

Language: English


Summary

Introduction to the different contrast enhancing methods in optical microscopy. Basic hands-on experience with optical microscopes at EPFL's BioImaging and Optics Facility. How to investigate biological samples? How to obtain high quality images?

Content

Keywords

Optical microscopy and tomography, fluorescence spectroscopy, aberrations.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Advanced optics (MT) or Biomicroscopy I (SV).

Recommended courses

Analysis IV, Linear algebra, General physics III/IV.

Important concepts to start the course

Basic matrix calculations, Fourier transformation, electromagnetic waves, wide field and confocal microscopy.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Choose an appropriate imaging method for investigating the biological sample of interest.
  • Estimate the performance and limitations of optical microscopes.
  • Sketch the essential elements of optical microscopes.
  • Operate wide field and confocal microscopes.
  • Assess / Evaluate the operation principles of commonly used microscopy methods

Transversal skills

  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.

Teaching methods

Lecturing with exercises (50%) and practice in the microscopy facility (50%).

Expected student activities

Following the lecturing and solving the exercises regularly is necessary for mastering the course contents. The solutions of the exercises are distributed at the next lecture. The student is invited to find his/her own solutions and to discuss them with the assistants. An active participation in the laboratory leads to the mastering of different microscopes.

Assessment methods

Continuous evaluation with exams based on the materials covered both in theory and practice sessions.

Supervision

Others Possible to take dates.

Resources

Bibliography

  • Geometrical and matrix optics: José-Philippe Pérez, Optique: fondements et applications (2004).
  • Eugene Hecht, Optics (2002).
  • Miles V. Klein and Thomas E. Furtak, Optics (1986).
  • Wave optics: Max Born and Emil Wolf, Principles of optics: electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (1980).
  • Confocal microscopy: Min Gu, Principles of three-dimensional imaging in confocal microscopes (1996).
  • Hayat, M.A. Microscopy, Immunohistochemistry, and Antigen Retrieval Methods for Light and Electron Microscopy. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers (2002).
  • Theory and Practice of histological techniques, ed. John D Bancroft, Marilyn Gamble, Churchill Livingstone).
  • Handbook of Biological Confocal Microscopy, Pawley, James (Ed.), 3rd ed., 2006, XXVIII, 988 p., 545 illus., 236 in colour, Hardcover.

Ressources en bibliothèque

Notes/Handbook

The course slides are published on Moodle.

Prerequisite for

Research project (master, thesis).

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biomicroscopy II
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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