Special Optics contributes microscope objective lenses for Nobel Laureate Betzig

Special Optics, a Navitar Company, congratulates this year’s recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell, and William E. Moerner, and is excited to have made a small contribution to the ground-breaking research of Eric Betzig and his team at Janelia Research Campus, by collaborating and designing custom precision microscope objective lenses for their novel fluorescence microscopy systems.

Special Optics first began working with Eric Betzig in 2006, the year Janelia Research Campus of Howard Hughes Medical Institute opened and Betzig’s focus was 3D live cell imaging and two-photon plane illumination. Special Optics, a Navitar company, has designed and built numerous custom lenses for the Betzig Lab, including motorized 1-4X beam expanders for correcting aberrations during in vivo imaging and most recently, a high NA water immersion objective lens used for excitation in the Bessel Beam Structured Plane Illumination Microscope.

Scientists using SPIM (selective plane illumination microscopy), LSFM (light sheet fluorescence microscopy), two-photon and PALM (photoactivated localization microscopy) super-resolution fluorescence imaging techniques have identified Special Optics as a respected custom lens design partner. The company’s custom microscope objective lens designs span working distances of 0.3mm to 55 mm, cover wavelengths from visible (390-750 nm) to near infrared (700-1400nm), can be modified for aqueous, oil and vacuum environments; with housings of stainless, ultem or titanium.

“The work and achievements of Betzig, Hell and Moerner, and all researchers world-wide pushing the limits of science to benefit society are to be acknowledged. We are pleased to work with HHMI, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Stanford University Department of Neurobiology; the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and many other organizations whose focus is the advancement of physics and life sciences research,” comments Jeremy Goldstein, President of Navitar, Special Optics’ parent company.