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Answers to Fundamental Questions in Superresolution Microscopy

Version 1 : Received: 15 April 2021 / Approved: 16 April 2021 / Online: 16 April 2021 (14:45:48 CEST)

How to cite: Heintzmann, R. Answers to Fundamental Questions in Superresolution Microscopy. Preprints 2021, 2021040447 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0447.v1). Heintzmann, R. Answers to Fundamental Questions in Superresolution Microscopy. Preprints 2021, 2021040447 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0447.v1).

Abstract

This article presents answers to the questions on superresolution and structured illumination microscopy as raised in the editorial of a recent publication [K. Prakash et al. arXiv, 2102.13649, 2021]. The answers are based on my personal views on superresolution in light microscopy, supported by reasoning. Discussed are the definition of superresolution, Abbe’s resolution limit and the classification of superresolution methods into non-linear-, prior-knowledge- and near-field-based superresolution. A further focus is put on capabilities and technical aspects of present and future structured illumination microscopy (SIM) methods.

Subject Areas

optics; resolution; superresolution; Ernst Abbe; structured illumination; non-linear; image scanning microscopy; total internal reflection; MINFLUX; localization microscopy

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