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Raman Microspectroscopic System

Raman Microspectroscopic System

He-Ne laser: 632.8 nm
Spatial resolutions: X-Y: 250nm, Z: 2µm
Laser power at the sample point: 3mW

This system is used for the measurement of time- and space-resolved Raman spectra and time-resolved Raman images of living cells, liposomes and microcrystals.

Fig. 1

Fig. 1. Setup

Fig. 2

Fig. 2. Apparatus


We trace a spontaneous cell death process of a single budding yeast cell by Raman images at 1602cm-1 ("Raman spectroscopic signature of life" reflecting the metabolic activity of mitochondria), 1440cm-1 (phospholipid), 1160cm-1 (polyphosphate) and 1002cm-1 (phenylalanine). Between 5h 50min and 6h, a "dancing body" appears. The Raman images show that the metabolic activity of mitochondria is lowered concomitantly with the sudden appearance of the dancing body.

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Fig. 3. (a) Time-resolved Raman images of a single budding yeast cell, (b) The corresponding optical images of the cell

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