Fusing Quantitative-Phase Imaging with Airy Light- Sheet Microscopy
We report the integration of quantitative-phase imaging (QPI) with light-sheet (LS) fluorescent microscopy on to a standard inverted microscope that retains compatibility with microfluidics. QPI enables label-free imaging and number-density quantification of single cells and their organelles. Conversely, LS yields considerable speed and phototoxicity gains in quantifying the 4D dynamics of gene-encoded fluorescent biomarkers. We will detail the system design that relied on spatial light interferometry for QPI and an accelerating Airy- beam light-sheet for fluorescence, its performance, as well as results of a representative multivariate imaging analysis of single-cell metabolism.