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== Slide & Cover Slip Cleaning Procedure==
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             1.[[File:optical tweezer slide 1.jpg|500px]]  
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             Place lens tissue paper above and below a microscope slide.
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             <p>1. Place lens tissue paper above and below a microscope slide.</p>
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            <p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 2.jpg|400px]]</p>
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            <p>2. To clean the slide, drop a small amount of methanol on top of the top piece of lens tissue.</p>
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            <p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 3.jpg|400px]]</p>
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            <p>3. Slide the lens tissue across the microscope slide, making sure that the alcohol wipes across the entire slide.  You may need something to hold the slide in place to keep it from... well, sliding.</p>
 
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== Slide Preparation Procedure ==
  
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            <p>[[File:Slide prep 1.JPG|400px]]</p>
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            <p>1. '''Wear gloves''' to avoid getting skin oils on the sample. Cut a short piece of double sided sticky tape (Scotch brand for quality).  Cut this piece in half length-wise so you get two, skinny pieces of tape. Stick the pieces of tape to a microscope slide half so that the pieces are parallel and separated by about 3-4 mm. </p>
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            <p>[[File:Slide prep 2.JPG|400px]]</p>
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            <p>2. Scrape the tape down flat with another microscope slide. Be sure to scrape with a smooth, constant motion along the length of the tape. </p>
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            <p>[[File:Slide prep 3.JPG|400px]]</p>
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            <p>3. Place a clean cover slip over the sticky tape to create a narrow channel that will become the flow cell. Using a rounded piece of plastic like the end of an ependorf sample tube, press the cover slip down firmly onto the tape to eliminate any air pockets (the tape will be more transparent as opposed to cloudy when firmly attached). Be sure not to press down too hard on the cover slip between the tape or you risk cracking the slip. If the slip cracks outside of the flow cell channel, the flow cell will still be usable, but be careful around sharp glass edges. </p>
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            <p>[[File:Slide prep 4.JPG|400px]]</p>
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            <p>4. Incline the cell by tilting it against some small box. Using a micropipettor, flow ~10 microliters of deionized water into the flow cell to flush out any extraneous particles. If the liquid won't flow into the cell, stroke the cover slip over the bottom of the channel lightly downward to begin to "pull" the liquid into the cell.</p>
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            <p>[[File:Slide prep 5.JPG|400px]]</p>
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            <p>5. Wipe off excess liquid with a Kimwipe using quick, light strokes to avoid pulling any liquid out of the flow cell. Any small bubbles that appear at the edges of the flow cell at this point will likely be permanent, although the cell will probably still be usable.</p>
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            <p>[[File:Slide prep 6.JPG|400px]]</p>
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        <p>Flow ~10 microliters of diluted microsphere solution into the flow cell, again carefully and quickly wiping off the excess with a Kimwipe. </p>
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            <p>[[File:Slide prep 7.JPG|400px]]</p>
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            <p>7. Seal the ends of the flow cell channel with nail polish (sparkles serve to increase team morale).</p>
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            <p>[[File:Slide prep 8.JPG|400px]]</p>
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            <p>8. Allow nail polish to dry. Sample should be ready to use. </p>
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2.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 2.jpg|500px]]
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To clean the slide, drop a small amount of isopropyl alcohol on top of the top piece of lens tissue.</p>
 
 
 
3.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 3.jpg|500px]]
 
Slide the lens tissue across the microscope slide, making sure that the alcohol wipes across the entire slide.  You may need something to hold the slide in place to keep it from... well, sliding.</p>
 
 
 
4.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 4.jpg|500px]]
 
Cut a short piece of double sided sticky tape.  Cut this piece in half length-wise so you get two, skinny pieces of tape.</p>
 
 
 
5.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 5.jpg|500px]]
 
Put some vaseline on one side of both pieces of tape.</p>
 
 
 
6.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 6.jpg|500px]]
 
Place both of these pieces of tape on the microscope slide about a centimeter away from each other with the vaseline sides facing each other.</p>
 
 
 
7.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 7.jpg|500px]]
 
After cleaning a microscope cover slip in the same fashion as the slide, place a cover slip on top of the two pieces of tape.  Be sure that the cover slip is secure.</p>
 
 
 
8.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 8.jpg|500px]]
 
Retrieve around 10 micro-liters of microsphere solution.  Make sure that this is very dilute.  If you can see any opacity, it is too concentrated.</p>
 
 
 
9.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 9.jpg|500px]]</p>
 
 
 
 
 
10.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 10.jpg|500px]]
 
Dry off any excess solution on the edges of the cover slip.</p>
 
 
 
11.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 11.jpg|500px]]
 
Use top coat nail polish to seal the ends of the channels.</p>
 
 
 
12.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 12.jpg|500px]]</p>
 
 
 
13.<p>[[File:optical tweezer slide 13.jpg|500px]]
 
Yay!</p>
 
  
 
<h4>Important notes:</h4>
 
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        The pieces of tape becoming cloudy is a sign that the flow cell liquid is leaking into the tape, and the sample will probably not be viable.
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        Make sure to orient the slide so that the cover slip is facing towards the objective lens.  In our case, the working distance of our objective lens is 0.2 mm.  If yours is similar, the sample will be too far away to focus.
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         Do not shake the contents of the microsphere bottles unless you plan to dilute them.  Trying to view this many spheres looks cool, but doesn't have any real value. If you shake the bottle and then view the sample under the objective lens, you'll look like a fool.
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         Take special care when applying nail polish near the microscope slide edges. If there is nail polish where the slide contacts the grooves of the slide mount, the nail polish may cause jamming or dry inside the grooves.
 
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         Make sure to orient the slide so that the cover slip is facing towards the objective lens.  In our case, the working distance of our objective lens is 0.2 mm.  If your's is similar, the sample will be too far away to focus and you'll look like a fool.
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         To conserve microscope slides and to produce more stability, cleaving standard sized microscope slides into halves is a good idea.
 
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        Getting a working slide is possibly the most difficult part of the lab.  Don't be discouraged!
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Latest revision as of 21:50, 4 September 2015

Back to main Optical Tweezers Page.

Slide & Cover Slip Cleaning Procedure

Optical tweezer slide 1.jpg

1. Place lens tissue paper above and below a microscope slide.

Optical tweezer slide 2.jpg

2. To clean the slide, drop a small amount of methanol on top of the top piece of lens tissue.

Optical tweezer slide 3.jpg

3. Slide the lens tissue across the microscope slide, making sure that the alcohol wipes across the entire slide. You may need something to hold the slide in place to keep it from... well, sliding.

Slide Preparation Procedure

Slide prep 1.JPG

1. Wear gloves to avoid getting skin oils on the sample. Cut a short piece of double sided sticky tape (Scotch brand for quality). Cut this piece in half length-wise so you get two, skinny pieces of tape. Stick the pieces of tape to a microscope slide half so that the pieces are parallel and separated by about 3-4 mm.

Slide prep 2.JPG

2. Scrape the tape down flat with another microscope slide. Be sure to scrape with a smooth, constant motion along the length of the tape.

Slide prep 3.JPG

3. Place a clean cover slip over the sticky tape to create a narrow channel that will become the flow cell. Using a rounded piece of plastic like the end of an ependorf sample tube, press the cover slip down firmly onto the tape to eliminate any air pockets (the tape will be more transparent as opposed to cloudy when firmly attached). Be sure not to press down too hard on the cover slip between the tape or you risk cracking the slip. If the slip cracks outside of the flow cell channel, the flow cell will still be usable, but be careful around sharp glass edges.

Slide prep 4.JPG

4. Incline the cell by tilting it against some small box. Using a micropipettor, flow ~10 microliters of deionized water into the flow cell to flush out any extraneous particles. If the liquid won't flow into the cell, stroke the cover slip over the bottom of the channel lightly downward to begin to "pull" the liquid into the cell.

Slide prep 5.JPG

5. Wipe off excess liquid with a Kimwipe using quick, light strokes to avoid pulling any liquid out of the flow cell. Any small bubbles that appear at the edges of the flow cell at this point will likely be permanent, although the cell will probably still be usable.

Slide prep 6.JPG

Flow ~10 microliters of diluted microsphere solution into the flow cell, again carefully and quickly wiping off the excess with a Kimwipe.

Slide prep 7.JPG

7. Seal the ends of the flow cell channel with nail polish (sparkles serve to increase team morale).

Slide prep 8.JPG

8. Allow nail polish to dry. Sample should be ready to use.

Important notes:

  • The pieces of tape becoming cloudy is a sign that the flow cell liquid is leaking into the tape, and the sample will probably not be viable.
  • Make sure to orient the slide so that the cover slip is facing towards the objective lens. In our case, the working distance of our objective lens is 0.2 mm. If yours is similar, the sample will be too far away to focus.
  • Take special care when applying nail polish near the microscope slide edges. If there is nail polish where the slide contacts the grooves of the slide mount, the nail polish may cause jamming or dry inside the grooves.
  • To conserve microscope slides and to produce more stability, cleaving standard sized microscope slides into halves is a good idea.
  • Getting a working slide is possibly the most difficult part of the lab. Don't be discouraged!