Two-color superresolution STED microscope with a pulsed STED laser @ 595 nm

  • Multicolor confocal scanning system with variable pinhole size
  • Detector gating with up to 4 gates
  • Accessible optomechanical design, open electronics and software platform, ready to implement your own imaging ideas
  • Zero-compromize on performance - get the best resolution performance possible in STED microscopy
  • QUAD beam scanner technology
  • We offer unrivaled flexibility in customizing the microscope to your applications

We install Your turn-key Abberior 2-color STED 595 QUAD scanning nanoscope in your lab including software/handling training.

Abberior specifications:

  • Pulsed STED laser @ 595nm featuring two super-resolution STED channels
  • Maximum resolution 25 nm; typical resolution < 40 nm with organic dyes
  • Kit with all optical and mechanical components for assembly of a 2-color STED 595nm system onto an Olympus IX83 microscope (or other stand on request)
  • IX83 Olympus microscope with a 4-color LED illumination source and a monochrome widefield camera
  • Ultracompact Abberior QUAD scanner with 4 galvo mirrors (with 4 degrees of freedom position and angle independently addressable) and a speed up to 2 kHz line frequency
  • Abberior Patchpanel: electronic connectors (AO, AI, DIOs) for attaching custom external devices (e.g. laser sources etc.)
  • Two pulsed excitation lasers
  • Suitable for superresolution imaging with fluorescent proteins, e.g. GFP, YFP as well as imaging with organic dyes, e.g. Abberior STAR 440SX or STAR 488
  • Up to 8 time gating channels with <80 ps time resolution
  • Up to 4 pulse-timing channels with <80 ps time resolution
  • Multi-color acquisition method via interleave mode
  •           (i) pulse interleaved and/or
  •           (ii) pixel interleaved and/or
  •           (iii) line-interleaved
  • Data acquisition system and software for image acquisition for different imaging modes (including 2-color STED mode)
  • Software for data analysis (e.g. deconvolution algorithms etc.)


Comprehensive Brochure

Abberior Multi-color STED @ 595nm

Abberior Quad Scanner

Controlling Platform for Abberior Microscopes


Imspector Software platform


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