On the Possibility of Evanescent Wave Excitation Distal from a Solid-Liquid Interface Using Light Quenching

Joseph R. Lakowicz, Zygmunt Gryczynski, Lgnacy Gryczynski

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Abstract

Evanescent wave illumination with total internal reflection is often used to provide excitation near a quartzwater interface. We now show that evanescent illumination at one wavelength and incident angle, coupled with light quenching at a second wavelength and incident angle, can be used for selective excitation of fluorophores located up to 5000 Å into the aqueous phase. The displacement of the fluorophore population from the solidliquid interface depends on the angles of incidence of the excitation and quenching beams and the optical power of the quenching beam. Light quenching with an evanescent wave was demonstrated to be experimentally possible using Pyridine2 and a light-quenching wavelength of 736 nm. The use of combined evanescent wave excitation and evanescent wave quenching could provide selective excitation of fluorophores in the cytoplasmic region of cells and may provide improved response times for optical sensors based on evanescent excitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-641
Number of pages6
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1996

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