Unified electro-optical microprobes for co-localized optical and electrical recordings within a rats brain have been recently introduced (Krapohl, Bonin et al. 2008). In this work, we show a simplified production method for these multimodal multisite neuroprobes. The electro-optical neuroprobe has an outer diameter of 255 mum and is composed of eight NiChrome wires (Oslash 25 mum) fixed to the surface of a mono-mode glass fiber (Oslash 125 mum). Where the former method elaborately braids the wires around the fiber, the new method uses the property of a PTFE tube to shrink at higher temperature (> 300degC). Thus the microwires are pressed to the fiber. The probe tip is than hand polished and is such ready to be used in rat brain navigation experiments, featuring both functions electrical as well as anatomical, optical look-ahead properties. The latter is achieved by using the glass fiber as working probe for an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. Hence these electrooptical probes are called OCT rodes. We determined the impedance of the OCT rodes by impedance spectroscopy to lie in the range of 500 kOmega at 1 kHz frequency. This range enables them to record both single and multi unit activity. OCT experiments have shown promising results in detecting transversal boundaries between structures of different density in phantoms and cadaver brain. Ongoing experiments aim at co-localized optical and electrical recordings in living animals.
|Title of host publication||2009 4th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 01.04.2009|
|Event||2009 4th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering - Antalya, Turkey|
Duration: 29.04.2009 → 02.05.2009
Conference number: 77536