• Leukocytes;
  • bacteria;
  • light scattering;
  • arc lamp flow cytometer


A device is described for simultaneous separate detection of the light scattering of cells at low and large scattering angles in an arc lamp-based flow cytometer with epi-illumination through an oil immersion microscope objective. Light scattering was measured in a dark field configuration that allows separate detection of light scattering greater than 2° and 15°, respectively. Dual parameter light scattering histograms of a blood cell suspension containing various types of leukocytes were closely similar to that obtained with a commercial laser-based instrument with light scattering detection at forward and right angles. The sensitivity of the device was sufficient to measure polystyrene particles with 0.25-μm diameter. A potential application may be differentiation of bacteria.