Learn more about the specifications of our integrated top-down cryo-CLEM imaging system.
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The following options are available*:
Olympus Fluorite objective
10x (WD 11.0 mm, NA 0.30)
20x (WD 3.1 mm, NA 0.45)
50x (WD 1.0 mm, NA 0.80)
100x (WD 1.0 mm, NA 0.90)
Olympus Apochromat objective
50x (WD 0.35 mm, NA 0.95)
100x (WD 0.35 mm, NA 0.95)
50x (WD 10.6 mm, NA 0.5)
*Depending on shuttle and sample stage configuration the choice of objectives can be limited due to space restrictions.
The objectives are compatible with high vacuum environments. Our results show that there is no out-gassing from the objective (or METEOR itself). During operation, the objective is in vacuum and is not physically in touch with the sample, which is actively cooled. It neither poses a heat load to the sample, nor is it cooled by cryo stage.
METEOR can be installed within a day. After the installation we take one more day to test all functionalities, align the system and evaluate the vacuum performance of the FIB/SEM.
The filters in the filter wheel and the objective can easily be replaced by the user if preferred. Please contact us for alternative camera options.
Yes, the objective of METEOR is fully retractable to a position above the pole piece allowing the user to take full advantage of the stage movements.
Yes, the current version of METEOR only occupies two GIS ports leaving the other ports available for GIS needles. At our testing site we had a GIS needle available for platinum coating.
The objective as a 52° angle with respect to the SEM polepiece (the same angle as the FIB column). The objective needs to be perpendicular to the sample during FLM imaging. The stage of the FIB/SEM can be tilted and rotated in such a way that the sample is perpendicular to the objective.
How the overlay is performed is up to the user, this can for example be done by using fiducial markers or other available methods. Upon installation the system will be calibrated and the relative movement from SEM and FIB imaging to FLM imaging by METEOR will be determined. This calibration allows the researcher to seamlessly switch from FLM to FIB/SEM imaging and back.
The software communicates with the FIB/SEM through an XTlib adapter. In this way the stage of the FIB/SEM can be controlled to allow for easy sample navigation. ODEMIS, a user-friendly open-source acquisition software, is installed together with METEOR. Users can implement their own scripts in Python to automate routine processes, e.g. camera exposure time optimisation.
All the normal actions, like FIB milling, SEM imaging or GIS coating are controlled from the FIB/SEM control PC. Once the user decides to use METEOR actions such as moving the FIB/SEM stage, focussing the objective and taking FLM images are done through the Delmic control PC.
METEOR images are saved in the OME-TIFF format that can be processed using various image processing software programs like ImageJ (Fiji) and Huygens deconvolution from SVI. Correlation software like the 3D correlation toolbox can also be used in combination with METEOR data.
Like any wide field fluorescence microscopes, the sensitivity of the METEOR depends on the numerical aperture of the objective and the quantum efficiency of the camera chosen by the customer.
Our results show that METEOR is suitable for cryo biological samples expressing eGFP and nanodiamonds as small as 140 nm in diametre.
Please contact us for more information about our standard camera offered with METEOR, and alternative choices.
Platinum coating and the low resolution SEM imaging that are being used in the cryo-ET workflow did not have a significant effect on the fluorescent signal of the sample in our experimentts. Milling away material using the FIB results in a thinner sample, which will result in a dimmer image due to fewer photons present in a smaller volume. However, the fluorescent region still present in the lamella is visible with a higher contrast.
We have not seen any sign of devitrification in the tomograms of the samples imaged using METEOR. It is known that high power laser sources that are for example used in super resolution applications can devitrify samples1. This is the reason we decided on a LED light source that provides more subtle sample illumination that is not expected to devitrify the sample even at long exposure times. According to our experiments the LED light source is brilliant enough to image biological samples expressing eGFP.
1. Tuijtel, M. W., Koster, A. J., Jakobs, S., Faas, F. G. A. & Sharp, T. H. Correlative cryo super-resolution light and electron microscopy on mammalian cells using fluorescent proteins. Scientific Reports 9, 1–11 (2019).
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