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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Points of light
Fluorescence Scope

Image provided by Mayandi Sivaguru, Core Facilities

Research funded by the Institute for Genomic Biology

A microscope’s resolution, the amount of detail that that it can capture in an image, can be described with a point spread function. The point spread function is a mathematical description of the blurring that occurs around an imaged point of light. The higher the quality of the microscope, the less blurring will occur around each point.