University of illinois Urbana-Champaign


Leica SP8 UV/Visible Laser Confocal Microscope

Confocal microscopy permits one to optically section a fluorescent sample (such as a cell that has been stained with contrasting fluorescent dyes) with superior resolution by using a pinhole to reject light that originates outside of the chosen area. By collecting a series of such images through the depth of a sample, the user may assemble a highly accurate three-dimensional reconstruction of the entire sample.


  • Laser lines: 405, 458, 488, 514, 561 & 633 nm.
  • Four detectors: Three PMTs + one high-sensitivity GaAsP HyD detectors.
  • Resonant scanning (8kHz) allows 28 fps at 512*512 for fast live cell imaging.
  • Scan optics for high transmission from 400 nm to 1300 nm.
  • Optical scanfield rotation up to 200 degrees.
  • Three mirrors X2Y scanner for parallax-free and tiling imaging.
  • Motorized stage, mark & find, tiling confocal imaging.
  • LAS X control software.


  • 20x/0.75 IMM (oil, water, glycerol) CORR CS2, free Working distance 670 um
  • 40x/1.30 HC PL APO Oil CS2, free Working distance 240 um
  • 63x/1.40 HC PL APO Oil CS2, free working distance 140 um

Application Modules:

  • Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching (FRAP).
  • Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)

User Resources


For additional information about this piece of equipment, see the Calendars, Contacts, and Fees pages.

Primary Contacts
Secondary Contacts
Manufacturer Leica Microsystems
Equipment Model TCS SP8
Location B0420B
Phone Numbers (217) 333-4387, (217) 265-5071, (217) 244-6270 (Room B420B)