Welcome to the Nikon Imaging Center at the University of Heidelberg

December 2021

While Nikon has provided us with a demo unit of a brand new AX confocal that features tunable filters, resonant 2x2k scanning, and on the fly A.I.-driven denoising, delivery of our own AX unit is unfortunately delayed. The reasons lie in the supply chain problems currently prevailing as a result of Corona and the tense political situation.

December 2020

Nikon has set up a new microscope: the Ti-Crest. It's a Ti2-Microscope with a X-Light V3 spinning disk unit from CrestOptics, combined with a 7 lines laser unit.

November 2019

The TIRF microscope has been added the OrtoSplit II dual emission image splitter. It allows to take one or two images on a single camera. Here it is an Andor Xyla 4.2 camera with a peak quantum efficiency of 82% and 4.2 megapixels of 6.5 x 6.5 ┬Ám size.

August 2019

The Ti2-TuCam system has received a Nikon automatic water dispenser (controlled by the NIS-Elements software), allowing to run long-time experiments with water immersion objectives.

April - December 2019

Bit by bit - and without any problems - we have upgraded our Nikon microscope stations from Windows 7 to Windows 10 LTSC after the support for Windows 7 expires in January 2020. Only the PerkinElmer spinning disk systems still require Windows 7, but will receive extended support from Microsoft, initially for 2020.

April 2019

Now available: the InviSPIM from Luxendo, our second lightsheet microscope. In contrast to the UltraMicroscope II the InviSPIM is made for live imaging of smaller specimen like small embryos or organoids.

October 11, 2018

The TuCam system was updated today and offers an additional device: A Nikon DMD (digital micromirror device) for photoactivation and photoconversion experiments.

August 15, 2017

The old "Tadpole" server running the Huygens deconvolution software has now retired. The new, much more powerful server nicknamed "BamBam" (2 Xeon CPUs with 10 cores each, 1TB RAM) is now available.

August 2017

Our LaVision Ultramicroscope II SPIM (selective plane illumination microscope aka light sheet microscope) has now startet to become operational. We're still struggeling with some teething problems but these will be solved soon.

The new workstation with a 10 core Intel i7 CPU, 128 GByte RAM and GPU acceleration with 4 NVIDIA GeForce Titan X (Pascal) 12 GByte graphic cards running Arivis Vision 4D is also operational. Such a powerful computer is necessary to cope with the immense amount of data that a SPIM microscope produces.

March 2017

Nikon has started to replace several of our Ti microscopes by the brand-new follow-up model, the Ti2. There are a lot of new features, more sensors in the microscope and an outstanding new motorized stage and an even more perfect Perfect Focus System (PFS; focus stabilizer for long term imaging) of the 4th generation.

In room U15 our new LaVision SPIM microscope is beeing installed. Therefore the Ni-E widefield microscope was moved to room U36.

January 2017

The A1R confocal is now equipped with a time domain FLIM/FCS system from PicoQuant.

November 2016

Thanks to Nikon the A1R confocal got a new laserbox with 6 lines in total: 405, 440, 488, 515, 561 and 640nm. Also, the detectors were replaced: 2 new PMTs for the DAPI/far red channels and 2 GaAsP detectors for the red/green channels.

March 2015

The Ti-HCS system has a new environmental box from OkoLab: It has its own CO2 control (no sharing with the A1 any more) and of course offers temperature control. Dark panels prevent room light from entering the box. The box is much easier to operate than its predecessor.

October 21, 2014

On the AZ100 and the Ni-E microscope the new Nikon cameras, DS-Qi2 (b/w) and DS-Ri2 (color), with huge 24x36mm CMOS chips were installed.

July 16, 2014

The computers on the C2 confocal, the Ni-E, the TIRF, the BioStation and the AZ100 as well as one of the Analysis-Stations were replaced by new ones.

June 20, 2014

The entire hardware (i.e. scan head, detectors, controller) of the C2 plus confocal as well as all the lasers were replaced.

June 12, 2014

The SMZ1000 was replaced by a new SMZ1270. It offers two objectives: a Plan Apo 0.75x with a working distance of 10.7 cm and a ED Plan 2x with a working distance of 3.5 cm. The zoom ranges from 0.63 to 8. There's place for up to 4 fluorescent filter cubes.

November 06, 2013

The AZ100 as well as its b/w-camera (DS-Qi1Mc) was replaced by a new one. There's a new LED-brightfield lamp (Schott KL 2500 LED) that does not change its color temperature with intensity.

November 05, 2013

On the A1 station the microscope was replaced by a new one, equipped with the Perfect Focus System 3 (PFS3) with extended capabilities. Also, all objectives were replaced by new ones.

October 28, 2013

On the A1 station the argon laser was replaced by a 491nm and a 515nm solid state laser.

September 19, 2013

On the A1 station the old HP workstation was replaced by a state-of-the-art HP Z820 model.

August 08, 2013

On the C2 station the microscope was replaced by a new one, equipped with the Perfect Focus System 3 (PFS3) with extended capabilities.

June 24, 2013

The entire microscopic hardware of the TIRF system was replaced by brand new components (new microscope, new optics, new laserbox, new TIRF arm). The system is now offering the Perfect Focus System 3 (PFS3).

June 04, 2013:

The old BioStation IM was replaced by the new BioStation IMQ. The new model offers a more flexible sample chamber and is equipped with the much more sensitive Nikon DS-Qi1Mc black and white camera.

May 2013, 2013:

Instead of the SMZ 1500 a brand new SMZ 1000 is now available for sample preparation purposes.

Bearbeiter: Christian Ackermann

Latest Revision: 2022-05-07

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