Posted: November 16, 2009

Reveal the Secrets in the Depth with the New Leica HCX APO L20x/0.95 IMM

(Nanowerk News) Leica Microsystems expands its wide range of objective lenses for confocal microscopy by the new objective Leica HCX APO L20x/0.95 IMM for deep imaging.
The dedicated BABB objective for confocal imaging in deep layers
The dedicated BABB objective for confocal imaging in deep layers.
The new objective lens is designed and optimized to serve high-level biomedical research such as the analysis of whole animals, brain slices and similar neuronal preparations with the immersion medium BABB (Benzyl Alcohol Benzyl Benzoate, 1:2). The apochromatic corrected objective provides the standard 20x magnification for overview with the excellent numerical aperture of 0.95. The numerical aperture allows structures as small as 250 nm to be acquired within an object field of significantly more than half a millimeter! In combination with a confocal scanning microscope the magnification can be continuously increased up to 1200 times.
The capabilities of the new Leica HCX APO L20x/0.95 IMM objective fit perfectly to morphological studies in developmental biology, neurology and neurobiology for the investigation of neurons, their connection to each other and to the whole brain set pattern.
The excellent optical performance of the HCX APO L20x/0.95 IMM is ideal in combination with the Leica DM6000 CFS confocal fixed stage system, which is based on the broadband confocal and multiphoton microscope Leica TCS SP5 II. The perfect match of Leica confocal components provides deep insights at high resolution and a fast overview of the entire sample to find areas of interest.
About Leica Microsystems
Leica Microsystems is a leading global designer and producer of innovative, high-tech, precision optical systems for the analysis of microstructures. It is one of the market leaders in each of its business areas: Microscopy, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy with corresponding Imaging Systems, Specimen Preparation, and Medical Equipment. The company manufactures a broad range of products for numerous applications requiring microscopic imaging, measurement, and analysis. It also offers system solutions for life science including biotechnology and medicine, research and development of raw materials, and industrial quality assurance. The company is represented in over 100 countries with 11 manufacturing facilities in 8 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries and an international network of dealers. The international management is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.
Source: Leica Microsystems (press release)
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