The technical developments by the group are to a great extent driven by biological and biophysical problems which cannot be imaged with conventional techniques. Fluorescence spectroscopy relies on the ability to incorporate luminescent molecules in a chemically specific way into the sample. Moreover, the application of spectroscopic contrast techniques requires knowledge of their photophysical characteristics. For these reasons the group also works on the characterization and development of luminescent labels. Conventional organic dyes are studied and characterized spectroscopically. Importantly, a number of collaborations were started to use novel luminescent particles such as quantum dots and dye-doped colloids as labels. Both types of luminescent particles offer interesting perspectives for use in imaging experiments.
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