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View Sep 09

Bessel beam plane illumination Agreement for Commercialization

ZEISS and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus have entered into an agreement for the commercialization of the fluorescence imaging method called Bessel beam plane illumination microscopy or lattice light sheet microscopy. The technology allows high-speed 3D fluorescence imaging of living cellular and multicellular samples. By using extremely thin illumination beams, Bessel beam plane illumination microscopy offers a non-invasive technique that enables low photodamage and low photobleaching as well as practically isotropic spatial resolution.

View May 06

This FIB Doesn’t Lie: New NIST Microscope Sees What Others Can’t

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently built the world's first low-energy focused ion beam (FIB) microscope that uses a lithium ion source, opening the door to a new category of FIBs that can use any one of 20 different elements. The new FIB can image nonconductive materials and chemical composition of surface samples more clearly than higher-energy SEMs and FIBs. It could provide solutions for common problems in nanoimprint lithography by helping users clear chemical residue from silicon chips in order to etch into the silicon.

View Aug 04

Structural Mechanism of Glutamate Receptors Advances in Cryo TEM

The NIH-FEI Living Lab for Structural Biology has determined the structural mechanism that glutamate receptors use to transmit signals between neurons in the brain. By using a Titan Krios™ transmission electron microscope (TEM) equipped with an XFEG and spherical aberration image corrector, Falcon™ generation II direct electron detector, and FEI EPU software, the researchers were able to study the membrane proteins without the restrictions imposed by X-ray crystallograpy. This breakthrough could help scientists develop treatments for diseases such as depression, epilepsy, stroke, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases,

View Aug 26

NIST Optical Microscope Technique for 3-D Measurements

Through-Focus Scanning Optical Microscopy (TSOM), a technique developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) several years ago, has been applied to manufacturing computer chips. TSOM works by using a conventional optical microscope to collect 2-D images at different focal positions to form a 3-D data space. It can collect 3-D measurements as small as 10 nanometers (nm). As the semiconductor industry's next generation of products needs to fit more components onto each chip, this technique will now facilitate the stacking of components vertically and ensure structures have a precise fit.

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Quotes / About Microscopy and From Microscopists

  • "People had theoretically showed it could be done, but no one thought the instrument was practical. Theory showed that if you had enough electrons hitting a specimen to achieve the magnification you needed, you would burn the specimen."
  • "I would like to try and impress upon you while I am talking about all of these things on a small scale, the importance of improving the electron microscope by a hundred times. It is not impossible; it is not against the laws of diffraction of the electron. The wave length of the electron in such a microscope is only 1/20 of an angstrom. So it should be possible to see the individual atoms. "
    Richard P. Feynman
    December 1959
  • "In our case the project was a great risk because for more than fifty years the people had not succeeded to improve the electron optics in spite of severe efforts"
  • "As many of his colleagues can attest, the wave nature of the electron was no remote or discouragingly abstract conception to him. Peering at the viewing screen while he manipulated the controls of an electron microscope, he could be seen to be thinking in terms of wave functions. "
    A. F. Moodie and J. C. H. Spence
    Memoir of John M. Cowley