Dublin City University of Dublin, Ireland, has received US Patent No. 8,228,602, "Super critical angle fluorescence scanning system." A scanning system is described, where the system is coupled to an optical element based on super critical angle fluorescence, or SAF. According to the patent, the system is capable of fluorescence imaging of biochip arrays.

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