The BD FACSAria™ Fusion is a flow cytometer that provides cell sorting. The instrument performs the tasks required for flow cytometry using BD FACSDiva™ software. The software provides the setup, acquirement, and analysis tasks with only minimal intervention required from the operator. This software is compatible with common BD cell sorters and analyzers. This enables researchers to utilize other systems for specific tasks without having to worry about incompatibility.
In addition to analysis and acquisition using the BD FACSDiva software, the BD FACSAria Fusion offers other significant features that include index sorting, digital electronics, and acquisition and analysis. The index sorting feature allows the operator to view the entire phenotype of the cell surface into a soft device that contains multiple positions. During each event in the cell sorting process, the operator is able to obtain information about the sort and the position of the tray that is based on the coordinates (X and Y) associated with the sort collection device. The instrument also provides results once cell sorting is complete. The operator can then trace the results to specific cells.
The digital electronics of the BD FACSAria Fusion provides signal information about each cell being sorted using electronics and a gel-coupled cuvette. The rate of electronic sampling is comparable to the rate of the particles that are available in the cuvette.
BD Biosciences has led innovations in optical systems that have been incorporated into the products they offer. The optical system of the BD FACSAria Fusion instrument has an enhanced sensitivity and resolution that enables the system to detect cell populations that have low light.
The BD FACSAria Fusion has an optional biosafety cabinet that meets several safety standards, including the 12469 European Standard, Class II Type A2 biosafety cabinet standard, and 2252.2-2009 Australian Standard. The instrument was designed with other safety features that protect the individual who is operating it. The biosafety cabinet prevents exposure from an aerosol during the sorting process, and the Aerosol Management System (AMS) includes an aerosol evacuation process.
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