Combined approach using circular intensity differential scattering microscopy under phasor map data analysis

Appl Opt. 2021 Feb 20;60(6):1558-1565. doi: 10.1364/AO.417677.


Circular intensity differential scattering (CIDS) is based on the analysis of circular polarized light scattering and has been proven to be an interesting label-free microscopy technique sensitive to the chiral organization at the submicroscopic level. However, this approach averages the localized contrasts related to the sample polarimetric properties in the illumination volume. Additionally, the detection sensitivity suffers from the confinement of the mixture of structures, and it becomes an arduous task to discriminate the source of the signal. In this work, we show that a phasor map approach combined with CIDS microscopy has provided an intuitive view of the sample organization to recognize the presence of different molecular species in the illumination volume. The data represented in terms of polarization response mapped to a single point called a phasor also have the potential to pave the way for the analysis of large data sets. We validated this method by numerical simulations and compared the results with that of experimental data of optical devices of reference.