A research article published in Biomedical Optics Express in September 1, 2016 reached the first place in “Today's Top Downloads” for a few days after its online publishing. The paper has  been published by the research group of Róbert Szipőcs, PhD of Wigner RCP and reports  on a novel, Yb-fiber laser based, handheld 2PEF/SHG microscope imaging system. It is suitable for in vivo imaging of murine skin at an average power level as low as 5 mW at 200 kHz sampling rate. Amplified and compressed laser pulses having a spectral bandwidth of 8 to 12 nm at around 1030 nm excite the biological samples at a ~1.89 MHz repetition rate, which explains how the high quality two-photon excitation fluorescence (2PEF) and second harmonic generation (SHG) images are obtained at the average power level of a laser pointer. The scanning, imaging and detection head, which comprises a conventional microscope objective for beam focusing, has a physical length of ~180 mm. The whole nonlinear microscope imaging system has the main advantages of the low price of the fs laser applied, fiber optics flexibility, a relatively small, light-weight scanning and detection head, and a very low risk of thermal or photochemical damage of the skin samples. 


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