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The Multiscale Ultrafast Volumetric Imaging (MUVI) Lab at the University of California, Merced will allow scientists to quantitatively investigate biological fluid experiments at high speeds and multiple spatial scales. The center will initially contain three imaging heads for visualizing systems with different requirements: one macro-scale imaging setup (mm – m scales) and two different micro-scale imaging setups (μm – mm scales).

camerasThe core equipment includea a pair of state-of-the-art high-speed cameras, capable of capturing images at 25 GPix/s. When combined with fast techniques for sectioning a sample (i.e. laser sheet scanning) this allows for the capture of volumetric data at 100 Hz or more. By comparison, traditional techniques (e.g., confocal microscopy) often struggle to obtain 2D images at the rate which we will acquire entire 3D volumes. 

Funding for the MUVI Lab has been provided by the Department of Defense, Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).