Designed with new manufacturing technology that creates lenses with shapes that are difficult to manufacture using other methods, Olympus' new X Line ™ lenses and UPLAPO-HR lenses for super-resolution and TIRF microscopy break optical barriers to deliver excellent quality of image.
It is difficult to improve an area of an objective lens such as numerical aperture without compensations in another area such as chromatic aberration correction. However, X Line's goals outweigh the common tradeoffs while simultaneously improving optical performance in three critical areas:
- Expanded flatness for uniform center-to-edge images with an observation area of 1.7 times greater than conventional objectives
- Exceptional color accuracy during light and multicore fluorescence images with near infrared violet chromatic aberration (400-1000 nm)
- Outstanding image quality, even with weak excitation light, with a higher numerical aperture (up to 1.45) for reduced fluorescence fading and phototoxicity during time-lapse experiments
With these advancements, users can acquire brilliant, high-quality images across the field of view, helping to improve the quantitative acquisition of data and the speed of creating large, sewn images. For pathologists who frequently work with stained samples, color reproduction needs improved image reliability.
Utilizing the same X Line technology, UPLAPO-HR and TIRF super-resolution objectives are the first apochromatic goals planned in the world to achieve a numerical aperture of 1.5, enabling bright and high-resolution observations of weak excitation light . While capturing super-resolution images, these goals allow users to locate an object of interest using a wider field of view, and then smoothly resolve to a larger magnification.