Olympus FV 3000 Confocal and FLIM system


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Prof. Dr. Anja Bräuer


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Olympus FV 3000 Confocal and FLIM system

The system is a standard inverted laser scanning confocal microscope with FLIM unit (fluorescence life time)


Confocal: The system is equipped with  7 cw diode lasers: 405nm, 445nm, 488nm, 514nm, 561nm , 590nm and 635nm.

FLIM:  The life time imaging is possible with 440nm, 485nm, 557nm and 640nm lasers.


Confocal: Emission wavelength collection is flexible because of the TruSpectral detector system. The system is equipped with four Cooled Gallium Arsenide Phosphide (GaAsP) PMT detectors to maximize detection efficiency.

FLIM: The system is equipped with 4 detectors: two hybrid detectors sensitive in the range 400-720nm and two SPAD (single-photon avalanche diode) detectors covering 400-1020nm range.

Objectives: 1.25x NA 0.04, 4x NA 0.16, 20x NA 0.8, 40x NA 1.4 oil, 30x NA 1.05 Silicon oil and 60x NA 1.3 Silicon oil.  Silicon oil objectives are suitable for live cell imaging because of the refractive index match.

Further features: The system features eg. multiple ROI selection, Macro-to-Micro Imaging, resonant scanner with scan speeds of up to 438 frames/s (512 x 512 pixels), xyz, xzy, xyzt, xzyt, and lambda scan modes (both excitation and emission).

FLIM additional units allows to perform:

To use the microscope you will need three trainings:

  1. lab safety training (S2) performed by Dr. Nicola Brand 
  2. Laser safety by
  3. Microscope training by  

Also users will need to bring their own lab coats to access the lab.

Samples should be the level S1 (no viruses and no infections).

The lab safety training is performed on a regular basis twice a year. Important: Training and use of the FV3000 (the only microscope for FLIM/FRET/FRAP/FCS or Live Cell Imaging) is only possible with S2 instruction. An S2 instruction will take place on Thu, 23.03.2023 at 17:15 h online by Nicola Brandt. Please contact Petra Bolte or Nicola Brand to get the link. There will not be another date for this until next fall!

(Stand: 16.03.2023)  |