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Simultaneous two-color imaging in digital holographic microscopy

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JournalOptics Express
DateAccepted/In press - 15 Sep 2017
DatePublished (current) - 13 Nov 2017
Issue number23
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)28489-28500
Original languageEnglish


We demonstrate the use of two-color digital holographic microscopy (DHM) for imaging microbiological subjects. The use of two wavelengths significantly reduces artifacts present in the reconstructed data, allowing us to image weakly scattering objects in close
proximity to strongly-scattering objects. We demonstrate this by reconstructing the shape of the flagellum of a single-cell eukaryotic parasite Leishmania mexicana in close proximity to a more strongly-scattering cell body. Our approach also yields a reduction of approximately one third in the axial position uncertainty when tracking the motion of swimming cells at low magnification, which we demonstrate with a sample of Escherichia coli bacteria mixed with polystyrene beads. The two-wavelength system that we describe introduces minimal additional complexity into the optical system, and provides significant benefits.

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