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Dual-polarization Raman spectral imaging to extract overlapping molecular fingerprints of living cells

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The dual-polarization Raman images of a HeLa cell.

Raman spectral imaging is gaining more and more attention in biological studies because of its label-free characteristic. However, the discrimination of overlapping chemical contrasts has been a major challenge. In this study, we introduce an optical method to simultaneously obtain two orthogonally polarized Raman images from a single scan of the sample. We demonstrate how this technique can improve the quality and quantity of the hyperspectral Raman dataset and how the technique is expected to further extend the horizons of Raman spectral imaging in biological studies by providing more detailed chemical information.

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