Imaging & Microscopy en WITec Now Operating Directly in France WITec GmbH, a manufacturer of 3D Raman imaging, correlative and other nano-analytical microscopy systems, has established a new direct representation in France. Located in Lyon, known as a center of the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the new national presence will allow WITec to better serve the local client base. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:16:00 +0000 Spectral Fringes in Nanostructures Spectral fringes naturally arise when micro-spectrometers observe nanowires propagating broad-band light by plasmon coupling and uncupling processes. In this work we propose an extension of the technique to assess pulse propagation in more general structures. As an example, we show the registration of spectral fringes in long multimetal nanowires exited and observed using a total internal reflection microscope coupled with a spectrometer. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:54:00 +0000 NanoScientific Forum Europe (NSFE2019) – Registration for The AFM/SPM Event 2019 is now Open Don’t wait and register to the 2nd NanoScientific Forum Europe (NSFE2019) to be held at University of Bologna Sept. 11-13, 2019: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:03:00 +0000 Conducting Controlled In Situ High Temperature Tensile Tests A methodology to perform in situ high temperature tensile tests of Mg-alloys within a SEM with a high degree of mechanical and temperature control is described in detail. The fact that Mg might vaporize under vacuum requires technical challenges to be overcome if one aims at conducting tests without damaging the microscope. The detailed methodology enabled insights into the link between the development of local strain heterogeneities and the occurrence of fundamental deformation mechanisms. Introduction Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:47:00 +0000 Live Webinar: Characterising and Monitoring Materials Developed for Use in Extreme Environments In heavily regulated industries, such as automotive and aerospace, there is a continuous requirement to limit environmental impact, reduce costs and increase safety. As a result these industries drive the ongoing development and corresponding testing of new materials to meet these challenging requirements. This encompasses developing new materials which are both lightweight (optimising fuel economy) and with increased strength for improved safety often operating in extreme environments such as aircraft turbines. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:50:00 +0000 Shaping Light Lets 2D Microscopes Capture 4D Data Two years ago, the Rice lab of chemist Christy Landes introduced super temporal resolution microscopy, a technique that allowed researchers to image fluorescent molecules 20 times faster than traditional lab cameras normally allow. They’ve now developed a general method to let a microscope capture 3D spatial information along with the fourth dimension, molecular movement over time. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:25:00 +0000 A Prison for Photons Scientists from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have designed a novel type of reso­nant cavity that serves as a prison for photons. The cavity confines light in all three dimensions in space inside a photonic crystal. The crystals have a struc­ture similar to how atoms are arranged in diamond gems. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:52:00 +0000 The Microscope that Makes Magnetism Visible Cobalt, iron and nickel alloys look exactly the same to the ordinary observer. Even under the microscope, at least the type of microscope used in biology class at school. But there are alternatives. For example, a microscope that works using X-ray radiation: such microscopes enable researchers to see structures that are 1000 times smaller, and also to differentiate between materials. “Seeing is understanding,” says Andreas Schümmer, a doctoral student at the Department of Engineering Physics of Münster University of Applied Sciences. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:59:00 +0000 Cryo-force Spectroscopy Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a new method to examine the elasticity and binding properties of DNA molecules on a surface at extremely low temperatures. With a combination of cryo-force spectroscopy and computer simulations, they were able to show that DNA molecules behave like a chain of small coil springs. The researchers reported their findings in Nature Communications. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:11:00 +0000 Live-Webinar: Battery Research with Advanced Microscopy and Image Processing Li-ion battery electrodes consist of active material, binder and carbon additives. As these three components and the respective interfaces influence for example the charge transfer reactions and thus the capacity of the battery, it is of major interest to understand their detailed properties in depth. For reliable results it is crucial to master the sample preparation, to understand the image processing algorithms and optimize the reconstruction procedure. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:10:00 +0000 Toptica's OPO Laser System Won the Prism Awards 2019 The Prism Awards, often described as the "Oscars of the Photonics Industry", presented ten categories with more than 100 participating companies. Toptica’s DLC TOPO, a mid-IR light source for molecular spectroscopy, was announced as a finalist in December 2018 and won in the scientific laser category! Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:58:00 +0000 Atom Probe Tomography Like iron flowing through the blood stream, iron minerals course through the ground. These minerals are used to make steel and other metal alloys used in everything from cell phone components and cars to buildings, industrial equipment and infrastructure. Unfortunately, when exposed to oxygen and moisture, iron oxidizes—or rusts. And rust is relentless. Knowing more about the chemical reactions that drive and sustain rust could hold clues that may lead to new, improved iron-based materials. Thu, 07 Feb 2019 09:33:00 +0000 Bruker Introduces new Skyscan 1273 Benchtop 3D X-ray Microscope Bruker announced the new Skyscan 1273 benchtop 3D X-ray microscope based on micro-computed tomography (Micro-CT) technology. The Skyscan 1273 sets a new standard for non-destructive testing (NDT) with benchtop instruments, providing a performance level previously only achieved by floor standing systems. Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:40:00 +0000 Electron Microscopy: Nanoscale, Damage-free Tracking of Isotopes in Amino Acids A new electron microscopy technique that detects the subtle changes in the weight of proteins at the nanoscale—while keeping the sample intact—could open a new pathway for deeper, more comprehensive studies of the basic building blocks of life. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 06:51:00 +0000 Nobel-prize Winning Chemistry for Clean Energy Breakthrough Scientists have used a Nobel-prize winning Chemistry technique on a mixture of metals to potentially reduce the cost of fuel cells used in electric cars and reduce harmful emissions from conventional vehicles. The researchers have translated a biological technique, which won the 2017 Nobel Chemistry Prize, to reveal atomic scale chemistry in metal nanoparticles. These materials are one of the most effective catalysts for energy converting systems such as fuel cells. It is the first time this technique has been used for this kind of research. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:45:00 +0000 Measuring Stress around Cells Tissues and organs in the human body are shaped through forces generated by cells, that push and pull, to “sculpt” biological structures. Thanks to a new tool developed at McGill University, scientists will now be able to watch, and map these forces. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:07:00 +0000 Hübner Photonics Opens a Direct Office in the UK Hübner Photonics, a division of the Hübner Group, is pleased to announce the opening of a new direct office in the UK. As from November 19th 2018, all UK business will be conducted from the Southampton office, headed by experienced laser and optics specialist, Fiona Evans. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 14:44:00 +0000 Manipulating Cell Networks with Light A new optical microscope system called SIFOM (Stimulation and Imaging-based Functional Optical Microscopy) can stimulate multiple cells simultaneously by a holographic method and monitor cell activity after the stimulation using 3D (three-dimensional) measurements based on fluorescence holography. This system has potential applications as a tool for the reconstruction of lost nerve pathways, constructing artificial neural networks, and food resources development. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 18:03:00 +0000 Broadband Achromatic Metalens Focuses Light Regardless of Polarization We live in a polarized world. No, we aren’t talking about politics — we’re talking about light. Much of the light we see and use is partially polarized, meaning its electric field vibrates in specific directions. Lenses designed to work across a range of applications, from phone cameras to microscopes and sensors, need to be able to focus light regardless of its polarization. A flat lens insensitive to polarization Mon, 28 Jan 2019 09:43:00 +0000 NEUBIAS – Conference of European BioImage Analysts Successful image-based life science research relies on the tight interplay between experimental data acquisition, data handling, analysis, and interpretation. Only when all disciplines are working hand-in-hand, a synergistic effect can be achieved. The Network of European Bioimage Analysts (NEUBIAS, Cost Action CA 15124) offers a platform to facilitate collaborations across diverse disciplines ranging from image acquisition to interpretation and quantitative treatment. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:19:00 +0000 Menlo Systems Starts Partnership with Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Deutschland has purchased a minority stake in Menlo Systems GmbH, while Alex Cable has increased his ownership in the company. Menlo Systems is a developer for optical frequency combs, ultra-stable lasers, femtosecond lasers and terahertz solutions. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 09:16:00 +0000 Job Offer: Bioimaging Network Project Officer UK This position will fill a critical role in the delivering the aims of the BioImagingUK Network Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:05:00 +0000 Toptica Introduces FemtoFiber ultra 920 The FemtoFiber ultra 920 is a new and unique member of Toptica’s third generation fiber lasers. It provides pulses centered at 920 nm with a duration of typical below 100 fs and a repetition rate of 80 MHz. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:32:00 +0000 EBSD Meeting 2019 The 2019 EBSD meeting will take place at NPL, Teddington, Greater London. The annual meeting draws together leading research scientists and engineers from the global community to highlight the latest developments in Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD), including both applications and technique developments. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:19:00 +0000 Focus On Microscopy 2019 After the successful FOM2018 conference held in Singapore, it is a pleasure to announce FOM2019: the next in a series of unique interdisciplinary meetings on advanced and multi-dimensional light microscopy and image processing. The conference will take place in the week before Easter from Sunday April 14 to Wednesday April 17, 2019. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:10:00 +0000