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X-Ray Technology: Observing a Catalyst Surface at Work with Atomic Resolution
Feb. 09, 2014

X-Ray Technology: Observing a Catalyst Surface at Work with Atomic Resolution

By using a novel X-ray technique, researchers have observed a catalyst surface at work in real time and were able to resolve its atomic structure in detail. The new technique, pioneered at DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III, may pave the way for the design of better catalysts and other materials on the atomic level. It greatly speeds up the determination of atomic surface structures and enables live recordings of surface reactions like catalysis, corrosion and growth processes with a time resolution of less than a second. more
Quantum Dots Provide Complete Control of Photons
Feb. 08, 2014

Quantum Dots Provide Complete Control of Photons

By emitting photons from a quantum dot at the top of a micropyramid, researchers at Linköping University are creating a polarized light source for such things as energy-saving computer screens and wiretap-proof communications. more
Imaging Ferroelectric Domains
Feb. 07, 2014

Imaging Ferroelectric Domains

When thin films of ferroelectric materials are grown on single-crystal substrates, they can develop regions of aligned polarization - called "domains" - that often adopt complex patterns. Manipulation of ferroelectric domains can lead to advances in a number of technologies. However, in order to manipulate the domains, it is important to study their natural development. Previous studies have shown that interfacial strain and electrical boundary conditions play a large role. Accurate measurements of the local polarization can help science learn more. By changing the properties of the substrate and the interfaces of the ferroelectric materials, one can control the size and shape of the domains and thus influence the behavior of the material.
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Feb. 06, 2014

FEI Buys Lithicon

FEI, a instrumentation company providing imaging and analysis systems for research and industry, announced that it has acquired Lithicon AS of Trondheim, Norway and Canberra, Australia. Lithicon provides leading-edge digital rock technology services and pore-scale micro computed tomography (µCT, or microCT) equipment to oil and gas companies worldwide.
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18th International Microscopy Congress
Feb. 06, 2014

18th International Microscopy Congress

International Microscopy Congress 2014 (IMC2014) will take place from 7 till 12 September 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. Do not miss the opportunity to take part at the largest microscopy event of this year in the world! Submit your abstract within 5 March!
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AFM-IR: Nanoscale Chemical Analysis with Unprecedented Sensitivity
Feb. 06, 2014

AFM-IR: Nanoscale Chemical Analysis with Unprecedented Sensitivity

Researchers in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (UT ECE) have demonstrated the ability to perform nanoscale chemical analysis of molecular films with unprecedented sensitivity by detecting molecular photoexpansion. PhD students Feng Lu and Mingzhou Jin led by Prof. Mikhail Belkin successfully acquired high-quality infrared spectra from as few as 300 molecules in ambient conditions and achieved better than 25 nm spatial resolution. These capabilities enable a highly-sensitive nanoscale analytical tool for chemists, biologists and materials scientists. The results were published in Nature Photonics.
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Making Color - When Two Red Photons Make a Blue Photon
Feb. 03, 2014

Making Color - When Two Red Photons Make a Blue Photon

Color is strange, mainly due to perception. Setting aside complex brain processes, what we see is the result of light absorption, emission, and reflection. Trees appear green because atoms inside the leaves are emitting and/or reflecting green photons. Semiconductor LED brake lights emit single color light when electrical current passes through the devices.
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FEI Launches 2014 Image Contest
Jan. 30, 2014

FEI Launches 2014 Image Contest

FEI Company announced that the 2014 Image Contest will begin February 3, 2014. Image categories for the contest include: ‘The Natural World', ‘The Human Body', and ‘Around the House'. All FEI instrument owners are invited to submit their best images through the end of the year, and some of them will be used in the free National Geographic iPad app, "Mysteries of the Unseen World."
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