Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Specimen-induced aberrations affect the imaging properties in optical 3D microscopy, especially when high numerical aperture lenses are used. Studies on aberrations are often properly concerned with the degradation of image quality such as compromised resolution or reduced signal intensity. Apart from these, aberration effects can also introduce geometric image distortions. The effects, discussed here are particularly strong when thick biological specimens are investigated. Using a high numerical aperture interferometer, we measured wavefront aberrations in transmission mode and quantified geometric distortions associated with specimen-induced aberrations. This assessment for a range of biological specimens allows estimation of the accuracy of spatial measurements. The results show that high-resolution spatial measurements can be significantly compromised by specimen-induced aberrations.

Original publication




Journal article


J Microsc

Publication Date





97 - 102