High Resolution LUCAS

In addition to low cost, size, and portability LUCAS technology provides another significant advantage: 20 to more than 100 times wider field-of-view than conventional microscopes.  This means that a search for that rare object– a cell, an organism, or a bacteria– in a sea of other objects can be performed digitally on a single image, rather than with  slow and expensive scanning over a large number of images.  But there is a tradeoff in resolution which is typically between one and two microns– still adequate for counting and observation of cells and microorganisms.  Resolution can be improved by additional image processing and with only a small increase in cost.  This “pixel super resolution” model is shown here, and it achieves a submicron resolution suitable for observation of sub-cellular features.