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Third-harmonic generation susceptibility spectroscopy in free fatty acids

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Yu-Cheng Chen

National Taiwan University, Molecular Imaging Center, Taipei 10617, Taiwan

Hsun-Chia Hsu

National Taiwan University, Molecular Imaging Center, Taipei 10617, Taiwan

Washington University in Saint Louis, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Saint Louis, Missouri 63130, United States

Chien-Ming Lee

National Taiwan University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, Taipei 10617, Taiwan

Chi-Kuang Sun

National Taiwan University, Molecular Imaging Center, Taipei 10617, Taiwan

National Taiwan University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, Taipei 10617, Taiwan

Institute of Physics and Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 11529, Taiwan

J. Biomed. Opt. 20(9), 095013 (Sep 25, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.20.9.095013
History: Received June 4, 2015; Accepted August 25, 2015
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Abstract.  Lipid-correlated disease such as atherosclerosis has been an important medical research topic for decades. Many new microscopic imaging techniques such as coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering and third-harmonic generation (THG) microscopy were verified to have the capability to target lipids in vivo. In the case of THG microscopy, biological cell membranes and lipid bodies in cells and tissues have been shown as good sources of contrast with a laser excitation wavelength around 1200 nm. We report the THG excitation spectroscopy study of two pure free fatty acids including oleic acid and linoleic acid from 1090 to 1330 nm. Different pure fatty acids presented slightly-different THG χ(3) spectra. The measured peak values of THG third-order susceptibility χ(3) in both fatty acids were surprisingly found not to match completely with the resonant absorption wavelengths around 1190 to 1210 nm, suggesting possible wavelengths selection for enhanced THG imaging of lipids while avoiding laser light absorption. Along with the recent advancement in THG imaging, this new window between 1240 to 1290 nm may offer tremendous new opportunities for sensitive label-free lipid imaging in biological tissues.

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Yu-Cheng Chen ; Hsun-Chia Hsu ; Chien-Ming Lee and Chi-Kuang Sun
"Third-harmonic generation susceptibility spectroscopy in free fatty acids", J. Biomed. Opt. 20(9), 095013 (Sep 25, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.20.9.095013


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