Sensors 2013, 13(11), 14523-14542; doi:10.3390/s131114523
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Living Matter Observations with a Novel Hyperspectral Supercontinuum Confocal Microscope for VIS to Near-IR Reflectance Spectroscopy

1 Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, Rome 00133, Italy 2 Dermatology Department, University of Tor Vergata, Viale Oxford 81, Rome 00133, Italy 3 Dermatology Unit-NESMOS Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Sant'Andrea Hospital, Via di Grottarossa 1035, Rome 00189, Italy
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Received: 9 August 2013; in revised form: 15 October 2013 / Accepted: 16 October 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spectral Imaging at the Microscale and Beyond)
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Abstract: A broad range hyper-spectroscopic microscope fed by a supercontinuum laser source and equipped with an almost achromatic optical layout is illustrated with detailed explanations of the design, implementation and data. The real novelty of this instrument, a confocal spectroscopic microscope capable of recording high resolution reflectance data in the VIS-IR spectral range from about 500 nm to 2.5 μm wavelengths, is the possibility of acquiring spectral data at every physical point as defined by lateral coordinates, X and Y, as well as at a depth coordinate, Z, as obtained by the confocal optical sectioning advantage. With this apparatus we collect each single scanning point as a whole spectrum by combining two linear spectral detector arrays, one CCD for the visible range, and one InGaAs infrared array, simultaneously available at the sensor output channel of the home made instrument. This microscope has been developed for biomedical analysis of human skin and other similar applications. Results are shown illustrating the technical performances of the instrument and the capability in extracting information about the composition and the structure of different parts or compartments in biological samples as well as in solid statematter. A complete spectroscopic fingerprinting of samples at microscopic level is shown possible by using statistical analysis on raw data or analytical reflectance models based on Abelés matrix transfer methods.
Keywords: confocal; hyperspectral imaging; spectroscopy

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Bertani, F.R.; Ferrari, L.; Mussi, V.; Botti, E.; Costanzo, A.; Selci, S. Living Matter Observations with a Novel Hyperspectral Supercontinuum Confocal Microscope for VIS to Near-IR Reflectance Spectroscopy. Sensors 2013, 13, 14523-14542.

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Bertani FR, Ferrari L, Mussi V, Botti E, Costanzo A, Selci S. Living Matter Observations with a Novel Hyperspectral Supercontinuum Confocal Microscope for VIS to Near-IR Reflectance Spectroscopy. Sensors. 2013; 13(11):14523-14542.

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Bertani, Francesca R.; Ferrari, Luisa; Mussi, Valentina; Botti, Elisabetta; Costanzo, Antonio; Selci, Stefano. 2013. "Living Matter Observations with a Novel Hyperspectral Supercontinuum Confocal Microscope for VIS to Near-IR Reflectance Spectroscopy." Sensors 13, no. 11: 14523-14542.

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