Super Resolution Imaging- Plasmonics And Nonfluorescent Reaction

Super-resolution imaging is a set of techniques used to increase the apparent resolution of a digital image. Super-resolution imaging is generating images at a higher resolution than the original. It’s capable of generating extremely high-quality images. But the complex algorithms involved can’t be run on a tablet or smartphone.

Super-resolution imaging describes techniques that allow an image that’s been captured with a sensor. To be reconstructed to a higher resolution than that of the sensor. This blog will cover the history and current state of super-resolution imaging.

What is Super-resolution imaging?

Super-resolution imaging is a technique that increases the resolution of an image beyond its physical limit. Super-resolution imaging can be done by recording the same image with a camera sensor of a higher pixel count or by taking multiple images and stacking them together.

In the former case, the pixel size of the final image is not increased. This means that each pixel in the final image is made up of several pixels in the original image.

In the latter case, by combining several images taken at different focus distances, the resulting image has the same spatial resolution as a single image taken with the combined areas of the lenses.

Super-resolution imaging is a method of obtaining an image with a higher resolution than the original. The main idea behind super-resolution imaging is to use the high-resolution information from a large number of low-resolution images to form a single high-resolution image.

This method has attracted great attention in both industry and academia in the past decade. Some of the applications of super-resolution imaging are in areas such as military reconnaissance and space exploration.

Working Of Super-Resolution Imaging:

super-resolution imaging techniques have been developed to break the diffraction of light microscopy. However, it still remains challenging to obtain three-dimensional (3D) sub-diffraction-limit information in live cells at high speed.

It is often necessary to look at things in a 3-D perspective these days. It can help us figure out really practical solutions to common problems whether that be finding the right ingredient ratio for a cake or figuring out the structure of an enemy’s defenses while infiltrating their castle during wartime. In order to understand and find ways to solve these problems.

we have developed SPEED microscopy with its two-dimensional (2D)-to-3D transformation algorithm. This allows us to find a solution for three-dimensional super-resolution information in subcellular structures and organelles that have rotational symmetry.

One medical application of this recent development is improved early cancer detection, treatment methods, and prognosis through more precise detection of cells undergoing apoptosis in the present high levels of oxygen radical species (ROS).

Plasmonics Of Super-Resolution Imaging:

Super-resolution imaging is the method of improving the resolution of an image by interpolating it with other images. Instead of just having one image, we use several images to get the high-resolution image.

Plasmonics of super-resolution imaging is the ability to combine fluorescence microscopy with Raman scattering microscopy to produce images with greater clarity than by either method alone.

As an example, the spatial resolution of fluorescence microscopy is around 0.2-0.3 micrometers, whereas that of Raman scattering microscopy is around 0.2-0.4 micrometers, but the combination of the two compounds is much higher 0.6-0.8 micrometers.

The combination is achieved by illuminating the sample with near-infrared light, which excites fluorescence but also elicits scattering from the sample, which is then detected by a Raman-active laser. Separate images of fluorescence and scattering are then obtained, and the two images are combined to produce a super-resolution image.

Plasmonic super-resolution techniques:

Plasmonic enhanced super-resolution techniques use localized surface plasmons (LSPs) to enhance the spatial resolution of light in optical microscopy.

There are several techniques based on this idea. One method is to create a subwavelength grating on the surface of a plasmonic nanoparticle and then to put this nanoparticle into the near-field of a second nanoparticle’s plasmonic resonance. The grating splits the near-field and sends the two split fields through a spatial light modulator (SLM).

The SLM further splits the near-field again and sends the two subfields to two different cameras. In this way, the effective resolution of the microscope is enhanced by the ratio of the nanoparticles’ plasmonic resonant wavelengths.

The other method is to concentrate the light into a nanoscale-sized ‘hole’ or a ‘pocket’ between two highly reflecting nanoscale metallic structures. This method can be regarded as a kind of nanoscale light pipe. The nanoscale light pipe can transfer light over the entire visible spectrum.

Optical microscopy has been made possible due to the development of lenses in the 16th century by Dutch spectacle-maker Hans Lippershey.The development of microscope by Dutch optician Anthony van Leeuwenhoek.

Super-resolution microscopy techniques such as structured illumination, photo-activated localization microscopy. And stimulated emission depletion, have increased the spatial resolution of optical microscopy to a resolution of 40 nm and below.

Plasmonic nanoprobes for nanoscopy:

Plasmonic nanoprobes are a new type of nanoprobe that provides an ultrafast and sensitive method for detecting and identifying nanoparticles.

Nanoprobes are great for identifying nanoparticles such as those used in cancer diagnostics and should be used for other diagnostic purposes for detecting nanoparticles like the various types of bacteria that cause infections.

Nanoparticles are very small in size, usually 1-100 nm. They can be made of a variety of materials like gold, silver, glass, carbon, polymers, etc. In fact, 90% of the things we use each day are already partially made up of nanoparticles.

So, why do we need them?

Because they have fascinating properties that are not found elsewhere. For example, gold nanoparticles have one thousand times more surface-to-volume ratio as compared to gold rods of the same size.

This means, gold nanoparticles react very differently, because the surface area to volume ratio is very high. Also, gold, silver, and carbon nanoparticles exhibit unique fluorescence spectra and can thus be used for diagnostic, imaging, and therapeutic applications.

Why is super-resolution microscopy used?

Super-resolution microscopy is a new technology that can reveal the inner workings of complex biological systems. Cells, the basic unit of life, are too small to be imaged with a conventional microscope.  For instance, if a living cell was the size of a football stadium.

A conventional microscope would not be able to see anything except the upper deck.  A super-resolution microscopy can image the details of a cell by capturing multiple images and then merging them together to get a higher resolution image.

Super-resolution microscopy is used to give us the possibility to get a very close look at things that are beyond our focus. It offers a possibility to see deeper into the world than humans with the naked eye can see. It offers a possibility to see deeper into the world than humans with the naked eye can see.


Microscopy is one of the methods used to detect and observe micro-organisms, cells, cellular structures, and other objects of size less than that of visible light.

It is used for detection for a wide range of diseases and for finding out the cause of the disease and helps in making treatment and drugs. Using the microscope, micro-organisms, cells, and cell structures can be identified and classified.

Which, in turn, can help in research and finding out the cause of the diseases. Super-resolution microscopy improves microscopic visualization by enabling the observation of objects that are not visible with a normal microscope.

Super-resolution microscopy can be used for three-dimensional (3D) visualization of cellular structures that are not represented in conventional microscopy. By using this, scientists can identify and classify micro-organisms, cells, and cellular structures.

What is the resolution of super-resolution microscopy?

Super-resolution microscopy is based on an optical principle called stimulated emission depletion (STED). STED microscopy uses a lower laser intensity to create more than one photon at a time. The sequence is repeated until a small cluster of photons is created.

The process is repeated several times before being transmitted through the microscope. Since each photon can be individually manipulated and focused, the resolution of a good super-resolution microscope is expected to reach approximately 20 nanometers. The resolution of a conventional light microscope is about 500 nanometers.

Super-Resolution Microscopy (SRM) involves increasing the resolution of an image that was in its original resolution. Usually, a technique called 3D structured illumination is used in SRM.

3D Structured Illumination is a method of capturing high-resolution images by combining the resolution of different parts of the image (center, border, edge) to generate a high-resolution image. The images are captured using a confocal microscope, a laser, and structured light.

Super-Resolution Microscopy (SRM) is a technique used for the observation of biological samples for which no information about their structure is available.

It is a method for increasing the resolution of a microscope by a factor of two or three compared with that of a conventional light microscope. SRM produces images with a resolution of about 10-20 nm. Whereas the similar technology of single-molecule localization microscopy (SIM) has reached a comparable resolution of about 5 nm using fluorescence.


In this review, we describe various ways in which plasmonics are integrated into Super-resolution techniques, and plasmonic nanoprobes are used as Imaging Contrast Agents in Nanoscopy. Comparisons of the strengths and weaknesses between different versions of this technology.

As well as their specific imaging capabilities relative to one another and other available technologies are listed in Table 1. Since biological samples are attached to the metal film when generating plasmon resonance interaction, plasmonic combined super-resolution techniques have restrictions when it comes to 3D imaging techniques since they can only depict measurements made on a surface or within an interior space with limited depth.



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