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News and Events

Each section of microscopedia contains news on advancements in imaging technology, discoveries made using microscopes, new products, awards to microscopists, and the results of imaging contest. The news releases are from academic and government research labs and companies producing microscopes and accessories.

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Recent News / Labs, Companies, Products

View Apr 11

Zygo Corporation acquired by AMETEK, Inc.

AMETEK, Inc. and Zygo Corporation have announced a merger agreement in which AMETEK will acquire Zygo's common stock at a price of $19.25 per share. The transaction is expected to close near the end of the second quarter of the 2014 calendar year. The Board of Directors of Zygo voted unanimously in favor of the merger.

View Feb 04

High-Resolution Electron Microscopy in Graphene Liquid Cells and Sandwiches

A graphene sandwich was used to create a liquid cell that encapsulated hydrated ferritin immersed in water. The hydrated sample could be characterized using a scanning transmission electron microscope and EELS, where the electrons easily passed through the graphene. The researchers were able to demonstrate a reduction of the valence of the iron at nanometer resolution.

View May 01

New Technique for Viewing Grain Boundarries in Monolayer MoS2

A research group headed by Xiang Zhang at the University of California a t Berkeley has developed an optical microscope imaging technique for observing crystal orientation and grain boundaries in monolayer molydenum disulfide based on second-harmonic generation (SHG) light emissions.


Three Atom Nanowires Created in Electron Microscope

Using a finely focused beam of electrons in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM)to manipulate atoms Junhao Lin created wires three atoms wide in a transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs).


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Quotes / About Microscopy and From Microscopists

  • "I didn't know enough diffraction theory to even know why what I was doing wouldn't work. That was a problem. I was too much of an empiricist at the time. I learned later that it's better to know what you are doing."
  • "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
  • "Once you add a computer between the microscope and the human observer, the whole game changes. At that point a microscope is no longer a device that has to generate a directly interpretable image. Now it's a device to record information."
    Mats G.L. Gustafsson
  • "The interesting basic questions in that field are extremely hard and may never be answered, and to survive as a scientist you have to work on answerable questions."
    Mats G.L. Gustafsson