Digital holographic microscopy for the cytomorphological imaging of cells under zero gravity

M. Fatih Toy*, Stephane Richard, Jonas Kühn, Alfredo Franco-Obregón, Marcel Egli, Christian Depeursinge

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Digital holographic microscopy (DHM) has been gaining interest from cell biology community because of its label free nature and quantitative phase signal output. Besides, fast shutter time, image reconstruction by numerical propagation of the wave fields, and numerical compensation of the aberrations are other intrinsic advantages of this technique that can be explored for harsh imaging conditions. In the frame of this work, a transmission type DHM is developed with a decoupled epifluorescence microscopy mode for cytomorphological monitoring under zero gravity and hyper gravity. With the implemented automatic post processing routines, real time observation of the cell morphology is proven to be feasible under the influence of mechanical disturbances of zero gravity platforms. Post processing of holograms is composed from dynamic numerical compensation of holograms, robust autofocusing and phase image registration. Experiments on live myoblast cells are carried out on two different platforms; random positioning machine (RPM), a ground base microgravity simulation platform, and parabolic flight campaign (PFC), a fixed wing plane flight providing short durations of alternating gravity conditions. Results show clear perinuclear phase increase. During seconds scale microgravity exposure, measurable scale morphological modifications are observed with the accumulated effect of repetitive exposures and short breaks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThree-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy
Subtitle of host publicationImage Acquisition and Processing XIX
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventThree-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XIX - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2012Jan 26 2012

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherThree-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XIX
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • cell morphology
  • cytoskeleton
  • digital holographic microscopy
  • fluorescence microscopy
  • holography
  • microgravity
  • microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Biomaterials


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