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OCTOPUS (Optics Clustered to OutPut Unique Solutions) is a world-leading imaging facility, with a wide range of multicolour laser-light sources giving unprecedented flexibility to combine multiple beams, multiple colours, and timing capabilities.

OCTOPUS offers a range of imaging techniques including multidimensional single molecule microscopy, 3- and 5-colour single molecule tracking systems, super-resolution microscopy (PALM, STORM and SIM), and advanced confocal microscopy (FLIM, PLIM, FRET, Anisotropy and multiphoton). As multiple light sources are linked to multiple imaging stations, combination of techniques can be brought to bear on the samples under investigation.

The modular nature of OCTOPUS allows the development and exploitation of new advanced imaging techniques as they become available, to address grand challenges in the life sciences area.

Octopus is part of the Central Laser Facility and is located in the Harwell Research Complex.



Last updated: 26 January 2018


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