Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:J Biophotonics, Volume 10, Issue 6-7, p.762-774 (2017)
We present a motion-free system for microendoscopic imaging of biological tissues at variable focal depths. Fixed gradient index and electrically tunable liquid crystal lenses (TLCL) were used to build the imaging optical probe. The design of the TLCL enables polarization-independent and relatively low-voltage operation, significantly improving the energy efficiency of the system. A focal shift of approximately 74 ± 3 µm could be achieved by electrically controlling the TLCL using the driving frequency at a constant voltage. The potential of the system was tested by imaging neurons and spines in thick adult mouse brain sections and in vivo, in the adult mouse brain at different focal planes. Our results indicate that the developed system may enable depth-variable imaging of morpho-functional properties of neural circuitries in freely moving animals and can be used to investigate the functioning of these circuitries under normal and pathological conditions.