Systems and methods for fluorescence detection with a movable detection module

  • US 7,148,043 B2
  • Filed: 05/08/2003
  • Issued: 12/12/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/08/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A fluorescence detection apparatus for analyzing samples located in a plurality of wells in a thermal cycler, the apparatus comprising:

  • a support structure attachable to the thermal cycler; and

    a detection module movably mounted on the support structure, the detection module including a plurality of excitation/detection pairs, each excitation/detection pair including;

    an excitation light generator disposed within the detection module; and

    an emission light detector disposed within the detection module;

    wherein, when the support structure is attached to the thermal cycler and the detection module is mounted on the support structure, the detection module is movable so as to be positioned in optical communication with different wells of the plurality of wells.

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