Andor Spinning Disk Confocal Microscope

FOM Name:  Confocal Andor Spinning Disk
Model: Andor CSU-X Yokogawa Spinning Disk Confocal
Contact: Julie Morasch (, 608-262-3613)
Center:  NIAC
Location:  ECB Room 2043E 

The Andor Spinning Disk confocal is an optical imaging technique with increased resolution as compared to widefield microscopy. Higher scanning speeds are possible with spinning disk confocal, decreasing the potential for sample photobleaching and phototoxicity.

The confocal is positioned on a  Nikon Ti-E inverted microscope with Zyla sCMOS camera and include both a FRAPPA laser and a micropoint laser for photobleaching and wounding experiments.

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Yokogawa CSU-X1 Spinning Disk Unit, 5000 rpm disk speed, 50 um pinhole

Zyla sCMOS camera

Nikon TI microscope

LED BF light source

ASI Piezo z stage

Andor FRAPPA head

Micropoint with N2 pulsed laser (337 nm)

Excitation Sources:

405, 488, 561, 640

Emission Filters:

447/60nm, 525/30, 607/36, 685/40, quad (440/40, 521/21, 607/34, 700/45)



1)    Plan Apo 10x/0.45air, WD = 4.0

2)    Plan Apo 20x/0.75, WD = 1.0

3)    Plan Apo 60x/1.4 oil, WD = 0.18