RCM scanning unit is connected via standard C-mount adapters between the microscope and camera. The laser light is fed into the RCM unit via a single mode fibre connector (both standard connectors).
RCM can be mounted to any inverted microscope with a side-port. Motorised focussing unit (internal or external) is also needed in most applications. Currently, RCM has been tested with Nikon Ti & Ti2, Olympus IX, MiCube and Leica DMi8.
Please note that:
- RCM only mounts correctly to the original microscope manufacturers C-mount
- 50/50, 70/30 and 80/20 beamsplitters do not work with RCM, as they are not laser safe.
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In order to obtain the 170 nm resolution, the highest NA (>1.40) lenses available have to be used. See the table below for the optimal combination of objective lens and camera resolution.
Any microscope camera with a C-mount connector, external trigger, and similar specifications as the two first ones in the list below should work with the RCM (the pixel size of 6.45 μm is ideal for 60 x & 100 x imaging on the RCM). Please contact us, if you have a camera that you would like to test for the RCM compatibility.
Camera models tested to work with RCM:
- Hamamatsu Flash 4 V2 (LT) and V3
- Andor Zyla, 888, 897 & Ikon
- Great Eyes GE 1024 1024 BI MID
- PCO Edge 4.2
- Photometrics Prime 95B (only with 2X C-mount adapter)
Guide to combine camera and objective for best resolution
The table below lists the objectives and camera types we recommend to use with RCM. Using the objectives that are not listed here means that you will not achieve the improved lateral resolution through the re-scanning principle. Also axial resolution and sectioning power will be reduced, due to a mismatch of the RCM pinhole size.
RCM drivers are available for LabView (free of charge), Micro-Manager / ImageJ (Fiji) (free of charge), and Nikon NIS Elements (at cost).
Laser combiners: Omicron Lighthub, Toptica CLE, Coherent Galaxy, Nikon Lu-N4 and Vortran. The RCM laser coupling is compatible with single mode fibers with FC/APC connector and NA 0.11. Using other fiber connectors will degrade image quality.
Wavelengths: For ‘RCM visible’ the lasers with wavelength from 405 upwards are suitable. RCM is designed as a 4 colour system. We offer a flexible laser solution that can be equipped with 1 to 4 lasers. Laser lines can be upgraded at later stage as well. As the RCM is sensitive, we only need low power lasers (max 25 mW). The advantage of the low power lasers is the significantly longer lifetime.