Global correction of optical distortions in multicolor single-molecule microscopy using Zernike polynomial gradients

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Abstract

Accurate image alignment is critical in multicolor single-molecule fluorescence microscopy. Global alignment using affine transformations leaves residual errors due to the nonlinearity of the distortions, which decreases the effective field of view. Subsequent local refinement demands either large amounts of reference data and processing time or specialized imaging techniques like active stabilization. Here, we present a global alignment method, S/T polynomial decomposition, that uses sums of Zernike polynomial gradients to decompose the distortion between two images, correcting both linear and nonlinear distortions simultaneously. With minimal reference data, we gain diagnostic information about the distortion and achieve a colocalization accuracy comparable to local registration methods across the entire field of view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42251-42264
Number of pages14
JournalOptics Express
Volume29
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2021

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