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Recent News / Labs, Companies, Products

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

  • "Its pictures had for me the effect of the song of a mermaid: irresistible and half transparent."
    George E. Palade
  • "The most important thing in science is to be together with a colleague at that moment when you discover something. When some little piece of nature unfolds and you see something new. "
  • "One story that the Prof.(Oakley) used to tell, is that when the SEM was being considered as a commercial product, a group of Marketing experts were sent out to make an evaluation of the number of SEMs that could be sold. ...they came back with probably between 6 (six), and 10 (ten) would saturate the market!"
  • "We were bombarded — this is the best way to put it — by requests from all the medical people and all the colloidal physics people — everybody that had things too small to be seen in a light microscope. We quickly realized that two graduate students working in a makeshift lab with a makeshift instrument couldn't satisfy the needs for this tool. "