Mar. 06, 2014
Munich-based nanotechnology specialist attocube took over the majority share in Neaspec by mid-February. Neaspec - a company based in Martinsried close to Munich - specializes in developing scanning near-field optical microscopes (SNOM).
moreFeb. 13, 2014
Oxford Instruments, a provider of high-technology tools for industry and research has recently acquired Andor. Andor is a supplier of high performance cameras, microscope systems and software for the physical science and life science industries. Andor will continue to focus on growing their existing core markets and will spearhead Oxford Instruments strategic expansion into the Nano-Bio arena.
moreFeb. 03, 2014
Development of advanced materials relies on a detailed understanding of nanoscale morphology and mechanical properties. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) has become a key tool in material science by providing this information. Contact Resonance imaging has emerged as a powerful AFM technique for its ability to quantitatively characterize the viscoelastic response of materials, its applicability to a wide range of materials, and its ability to provide this information quickly and at high resolution.
moreJan. 27, 2014
When capturing images at the atomic scale, even tiny movements of the sample can result in skewed or distorted images - and those movements are virtually impossible to prevent. Now microscopy researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that accounts for that movement and eliminates the distortion from the finished product.
moreJan. 14, 2014
The efficiency of the new method is based on a X-ray focussing optics being firmly fixed to the object to be imaged. While this approach initially provides a blurry image, this can be focussed in the computer based on the hologram information. At the same time, the rigid connection between the object and the focussing optics elegantly solves the problem of vibration induced jitter that plays an enormous role at the nanometre scale.
moreJan. 03, 2014
The global microscopes market and related accessories industry is suggested to have reached a value of around US-$ 3.8 billion at the end of 2012, and is estimated to reach a total of over US-$ 4 billion during 2013. By 2018, the industry is forecast to hit a value of US-$ 5.4 billion, and is suggested to grow at a CAGR growth rate of around 6% between 2013 and 2018.
moreDec. 19, 2013
In collaboration with the University of Basel, an international team of researchers has observed a strong energy loss caused by frictional effects in the vicinity of charge density waves. The researchers vibrated the nanometer-sized tip of an atomic force microscope above the surface of a layered structure of niobium and selenium atoms. This may have practical significance in the control of nanoscale friction. The results have been published in the scientific journal Nature Materials.
moreDec. 10, 2013
The European Microscopy Society (EMS) is a Europe-wide "umbrella society" including national microscopy societies and individual members, with the aims of fostering scientific exchange between European countries and educating the next generation of microscopists across all fields of applied science.
moreDec. 06, 2013
X-rays transformed medicine a century ago by providing a noninvasive way to detect internal structures in the body. Still, they have limitations: X-rays cannot image the body's soft tissues, except with the use of contrast-enhancing agents that must be swallowed or injected, and their resolution is limited. But a new approach developed by researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) could dramatically change that, enabling the most detailed images ever -including clear views of soft tissue without any need for contrast agents.
moreNov. 28, 2013
As features of modern electronics shrink, the demands of the spatial resolution of the characterization techniques increase. One family of potential building blocks for future devices is nanowires. We show how low-temperature cathodoluminescence can be used to study variations in the emission from two types of nanowires: Nanowires with a GaInAs segment in an otherwise GaAs core and radial InAs quantum wells on an InP core.