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ref: -0 tags: Na Ji 2p two photon fluorescent imaging pulse splitting damage bleaching date: 05-31-2019 19:55 gmt revision:5 [4] [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-18204458 High-speed, low-photodamage nonlinear imaging using passive pulse splitters

  • Core idea: take a single pulse and spread it out to N=2 kN= 2^k pulses using reflections and delay lines.
  • Assume two optical processes, signal SI αS \propto I^{\alpha} and photobleaching/damage DI βD \propto I^{\beta} , β>α>1\beta \gt \alpha \gt 1
  • Then an NN pulse splitter requires N 11/αN^{1-1/\alpha} greater average power but reduces the damage by N 1β/α.N^{1-\beta/\alpha}.
  • At constant signal, the same NN pulse splitter requires N\sqrt{N} more power, consistent with two photon excitation (proportional to the square of the intensity: N pulses of N/N\sqrt{N}/N intensity, 1/N per pulse fluorescence, Σ1\Sigma \rightarrow 1 overall fluorescence.)
  • This allows for shorter dwell times, higher power at the sample, lower damage, slower photobleaching, and better SNR for fluorescently labeled slices.
  • Examine the list of references too, e.g. "Multiphoton multifocal microscopy exploiting a diffractive optical element" (2003)

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ref: -0 tags: third harmonic generation Nd:YAG pulsed laser date: 08-29-2015 06:44 gmt revision:7 [6] [5] [4] [3] [2] [1] [head]

Problem: have a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, (flashlamp pumped, passively Q-switched) from ebay (see this album). Allegedly it outputs 1J pulses of 8ns duration; in practice, it may put several 100mJ pulses ~ 16ns long while the flashlamp is firing. It was sold as a tattoo removal machine. However, I'm employing it to drill micro-vias in fine polyimide films.

When focused through a 10x objective via the camera mount of an Leica microscope, 532nm (KTP doubled, second harmonic generation (SHG)) laser pulses both ablates the material, but does not leave a clean, sharp hole: it looks more like 'blasting': the hole is ragged, more like a crater. This may be from excessive 1064nm heating (partial KTP conversion), or plasma/flame heating & expansion due to absorption of the 532nm / 1064nm light. It may also be due to excessive pulse duration (should the laser not actually be q-switched... photodiode testing suggests otherwise, but I'd like to verify that), excessive pulse power, insufficient pulse intensity, or insufficient polyimide absorption at 532nm.

The solution to excessive plasma and insufficient polyimide absorption is to shift the wavelength to 355nm (NUV) via third harmonic generation, 1064 + 532 = 355nm. This requires sum frequency generation (SFG), for which LBO (lithium triborate) or BBO (beta-barium borate) seem the commonly accepted nonlinear optical materials.

To get SHG or THG, phase and polarization matching of the incoming light is critical. The output of the Nd:YAG laser is, I assume, non-polarized (or randomly polarized), as the KTP crystal simply screws on the front, and so should be rotationally agnostic (and there are no polarizing elements in the simple laser head -- unless the (presumed) Cr:YAG passive Q-switch induces some polarization.)

Output polarization of the KTP crystal will be perpendicular to the incoming beam; if the resulting THG / SFG crystal needs Type-1 phase matching (both in phase and parallel polarization), will need a half-wave plate for 1064nm; for Type-II phase matching, no plate is needed. For noncritical phase matching in LBO (which I just bought), an oven is required to heat the crystal to the correct temperature.

This suggests 73C for THG, while this suggests 150C (for SHG?).

Third harmonic frequency generation by type-I critically phase-matched LiB3O5 crystal by means of optically active quartz crystal Suggests most lasers operate in Type-1 SHG, and Type-II THG, but this is less efficient than dual Type-1; the quartz crystal is employed to rotate the polarizations to alignment. Both SHG and THG crystals are heated for optimum power output.

Finally, Short pulse duration of an extracavity sum-frequency mixing with an LiB3O5 (LBO) crystal suggests that no polarization change is required, nor oven control LBO temperature. Tight focus and high energy density is required, of course (at the expense of reduced crystal lifetime). Likely this is the Type-1,Type-II scheme alluded to in the paper above. I'll try this first before engaging further complexity (efficiency is not very important, as the holes are very small & material removal may be slow.)

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ref: RodriguezOroz-2011.01 tags: DBS dopamine impulse control spain pamplona ventral beta date: 02-22-2012 17:02 gmt revision:9 [8] [7] [6] [5] [4] [3] [head]

PMID-21059746[0] Involvement of the subthalamic nucleus in impulse control disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease

  • recorded LFP in the STN of 28 patients.
    • of these 10 had impulse control disorders, 9 had dyskinesias, and 9 had no complications.
  • compared ON and OFF medication.
  • no difference between groups in off states.
  • large differences in ON states.
    • Impulse control problems: theta-alpha activity(4-10 Hz) 6 Hz mean.
      • Larger coherence with frontal regions 4-7.5 Hz.
    • Dyskinesias: higher frequency theta-alpha 8 Hz mean.
      • Higher coherence with motor areas, 7.5 - 10Hz.
    • No problems: no noticeable LFP oscillations (?).
  • PD patients often have side-effects of Punding and hobbyism.
    • Does meth treat PD? Selegiline does. Fascinating history there regarding combining MAOI + amphetamine --> effective PD drug.
    • Why does both meth and levodopa induce impulsivity?
    • Some of the other effects of L-DOPA treatment: hypersexuality, manic behavior or shopping.
    • Lesion of the subthalamic nucleus by infarction or tumor is associated with behavioral alterations including agitation, manic states and logorrhoea, with or without hemiballismus.
  • In some patients with ICD (impulse control disorders) induced by subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation, the abnormal behavior was provoked by stimulation with a ventral contact and suppressed by switching it off. (dorsal region is more motor).
    • In three patients with ICD, stimulation through the ventral contact induced a euphoric state -- PPN?
  • STN recordings from rats and monkeys modify their frequency in response to reward related tasks (Aron and Poldrack 2006); in humans the STN is active during an inhibition task (LI et al 2008).
  • LFP recordings from the treatment electrode were very low! 16uV.
  • Typical results show large differences between ON and OFF: ON show more activity > 60 Hz, OFF more < 60 Hz (Brown et al 2001; Brown 2003 Gatev et al 2006).
  • LFP recordings in PD patients from the STN showed that emotional stimulus led to a decrease in alpha power in the ventral contacts (Brucke et al 2007), whereas active movement led to a decrease in the beta power recorded in the dorsal subthalamic nucleus (Alegre et al 2005).
  • Original work on STN mediating impulsivity: Delong 1983 PMID-6422317 The neurophysiologic basis of abnormal movements in basal ganglia disorders.
    • Single cell studies in the basal ganglia of behaving animals have revealed specific relations of neuronal activity to movements of individual body parts and a relation to specific parameters of movement, particularly direction, amplitude, and velocity. (no fulltext available).


[0] Rodriguez-Oroz MC, López-Azcárate J, Garcia-Garcia D, Alegre M, Toledo J, Valencia M, Guridi J, Artieda J, Obeso JA, Involvement of the subthalamic nucleus in impulse control disorders associated with Parkinson's disease.Brain 134:Pt 1, 36-49 (2011 Jan)