Coherent Raman Microscopy

30.05.2017, 14:00

Prof. Albert Stolow Canada Research Chair in Molecular Photonics, University of Ottawa and Molecular Photonics Group, National Research Council Canada

Based on third order nonlinear optics, Coherent Raman Microscopy (CRM), which includes Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) and Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS), is becoming increasingly popular as ultrashort pulse broadband light sources become increasingly available. A key driver in the ability to perform rapid, 3D label-free yet chemical-specific micro-imaging.

We discuss the basic physics of coherent Raman vibrational spectroscopy and the nonlinear image formation process, and illustrate some of the applications of CRM to biomedical, materials and geological research.


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