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The New Leica TCS STED CW for Applications in Cell Research and Neuroscience

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The new superresolution system Leica TCS STED CW made its debut in December 2009 at the 49th annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Diego. Scientists who received product demonstrations were convinced by the progressive technology in life science research.

The Leica TCS STED CW is easy to use and available as an upgrade for already installed confocal systems. The Leica TCS STED CW combines the high-end confocal Leica TCS SP5 with a patented optical and superresolution technology that is characterized by its capability of high speed scanning on the nanoscale. The Leica TCS STED CW can be used with standard fluorescent dyes and proteins, making it compatible with a wide range of applications.

The STED CW system is based on Leica’s established STED technology, which has received several awards. STED scales down the scanning spot to sub-diffraction size by switching off fluorescence in the periphery of the excited area. Stimulated emission is based on fine optics and photo physical processes to deliver superresolution in a purely optical method on a confocal platform.