Optogenetics Cannulae

Optogenetics Implantable Cannula for in-vivo applications



  Prizmatix Implantable Fiberoptic Cannula developed for optogenetics allows direct stimulation of target deep brain tissues in freely moving animals.

  Each Cannula consists of a Zirconia ferrule accommodating a high NA Silica optical fiber, protruding from Zirconia ferrule at desired length. The fiber is optically polished both ends to ensure high quality optical coupling and reliability.

  All cannula components are biocompatible, implantable and non-metallic, making them NMR/MRI compatible.

  Standard and custom built cannulae are also available in two ferrules diameters: 2.5mm and lightweight 1.25mm for smaller animals as mice.

  Zirconia Mating Sleeves for these cannulae are available from Prizmatix

Optogenetics Cannula with sleeve and fiber

Optogenetics Cannula with sleeve

Key Features

  • Zirconia ferrules - 2.5mm or lightweight 1.25mm outer diameter e.g. for mice.
  • High NA fibers-200μm (NA0.53), 400μm core (NA0.53), 100μm fiber available
    with NA0.37
  • Biocompatible and Implantable
  • Adheres to the cement fixing the cannula to the skull.
  • NMR compatible, no metallic components.
  • Polished ends.
  • Sterilizable- alcohol, ETO, autoclave (65°C/1 hour cure.
  • Electrically isolated.
  • Any required fiber length.
  • In-vivo Optogenetics in behaving animals

Wavelength range   - 350nm - 1500nm

Optogenetics Cannulae with sleeves

Fiber Length protruding from cannula:   

Fiber Core Diameter
Fiber Outer Diameter
 NA  Protruding (mm)
400μm 470μm 0.53 0.5 < L< 15
200μm 254μm 0.53 0.5 < L< 15
100μm 125μm 0.37 0.5 < L< 10

Pulsed Output from Prizmatix LED-460 after rotary joint:   
Fiber Core Diameter
Fiber Outer Diameter
 NA  Power Irradiance
400μm 470μm 0.53 >60mW >450mW/mm²
200μm 254μm 0.53 >15mW >450mW/mm²
100μm 125μm 0.37 >3mW >350mW/mm²

Zirconia Ferrule:   
          2.5mm                      1.25mm           
Zirconia ferrule Length mm 11.4 6.8
Sleeve Pull Force N 1.5 - 4.5 1.0 - 2.9
Cannula typical weight gram < 0.5  < 0.1 

Mechanical Drawings


  • L - Fiber length protruding from cannula. See specification table for details.
  • Zirconia Mating sleeves for these cannulae are available from Prizmatix.

Additional information

  Prizmatix Canuulae are specially designed for working with high NA fibers and LED light sources

  Unlike lasers, Prizmatix Ultra High power LEDs have a high brightness large emitting area and wide angle radiance

  We use this characteristic to couple the LED's light efficiency into a high numerical aperture (NA ≥0.5) primery large core fiber, e.g. 1000μm - 1500μm core. Due to the large core of the primery fiber, coupling of the secondary fiber (NA≥0.5) with smaller core, e.g. 500μm, does not require precise axial alignment.Having the fibers close enough to each other, just keeping the small core in front of the larger core -it keeps efficient light coupling.

  With Prizmatix Rotary Joint for in-vivo experiments, the primary fiber is connected to the top port of fiberoptic rotary joint and the secondary fiber is connected to to the bottom of the rotary joint. Prizmatix Rotary Joint consists of a special low-friction ball-bearing which enables the two fibers to rotate freely upon each other.

  The brightness, usually measures in mW/mm², is basically conserved along the fiberoptic chain from the LED light source towards the rotary joint and the implanted cannula, provided the Numerical Aperture (NA) is preserved and despite the fact that core diameter of the fiber optic components in the system get smaller.

  The large core to small core(s)coupling method allows the secondary fiber to have more than one branch, still using a single LED light source and without compromising the brightness. This is very useful for comprehensive research, such as optogenetically manipulation of two brain hemispheres or at several locations simultaneously - see figure below.

  Prizmatix Rotary Joint is suitable for systems based on LEDs and high NA fibers as Prizmatix offer in the Optogenetics Toolbox

  The high NA-Cannulae are the last component in this fiberoptic chain, exploiting the most of Prizmatix optogenetics LEDs.

Optional Accessories

High Poweer LEDs

   The UHP-Mic-LED is a Ultra High Power LED light source for fluorescence microscopy and other applications.The UHP-Mic-LEd light source module is an effective replacement of special lamps and lasers in many applications.The LED driver supportsCW or external TTL modulation with user-controlled frequency and duty cycle.For more details please refer to Prizmatix site

Fiber Coupler Adaptor

*nbsp; The side port of the Beam switcher can be easily configured to fiber coupling by means of the FCA Fiber Coupler Adaptor (SMA, CF or ST connector). This adaptor can be easily assembled by a user on the Mic-LED output. Please see  video clip

Rotary Joint

  Prizmatix Rotary Joint is especially designed for Optogenetics experiments with hugh NA fibers equipped with FC connectors. Rotary Joint very low-friction ans smooth svivel operation are demonstrated in this  video clip showing continuous rotation for over 30 seconds after a fingertip startup.
   The torque required for free movement is very low thus reducing the Rotary Joint's behavioural effect on free moving animals. Prizmatix Rotary Joint can be used with large core fiber input optical fiber connected to several thin output fibers simultaneously.This allows concurrent delivery of light to separate areas of brain without loss of power due to the fiber split. For more details please refer to Prizmatix site

Fiber Bundles

  To combine outputs of multiple LEDs a Y-shaped fiber bundle with two or more input branches can be used.Prizmatix can help to configure and build custom fiber bundles for specific applications. See more details at Prizmatix site
Optogenetics Componenets

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