Imaging & Microscopy en Electron-Light Interaction Electron waves interacting with light and nanostructures have attracted much attention recently by the advent of advanced pump-probe techniques, which combines lasers and coherent electron sources. Here, we outline our recent efforts in improving time resolution of spectroscopic tools using merely electron beams. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:39:00 +0000 Lens Free Super-Resolution Microscopy High-resolution microscopy methods typically use objective lenses with large numerical apertures, i.e. low working distances (WD) in the range of 0.2 mm. This impedes its application to thick transparent specimens, or to objects with large topographical differences. To extend high-resolution microscopy also to whole tissues and to the material sciences, lens free microscope systems allowing WDs up to the multicentimeter range and an optical resolution down to the nanometer range may be constructed. Mon, 18 Nov 2019 13:16:00 +0000 See More in High-Throughput Slide Imaging High-volume slide imaging benefits a range of areas in life science research. Examples include structure, connectivity and activity analysis in neuroscience, cell  morphology and protein localization in cancer and stem cell research, and toxicity studies and drug screening in pharmaceutical and biotech research. To see how Olympus can help you with this task, download this whitepaper. Mon, 18 Nov 2019 09:54:00 +0000 Soft X-Ray Microscopy of Complex Samples Cryotransmission x-ray microscopy has emerged as an imaging modality that enables nanoscale resolution of cultured cells in three dimensions. Previous studies have so far mostly dealt with tissue culture and unicellular organisms but here the use of transmission x-ray microscopy to study tissue components is reported. By gentle homogenization and isolation one can in hydrated, native-state samples study specific tissue components of interest. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:56:00 +0000 Atomic Force Microscopy: Choosing an AFM Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is based on a simple measuring principle. In order to measure reliably on a nanometer scale, however, a sophisticated instrument design is required. In practice, this usually also implies a complex user interface. Users are often expected to deal with complicated settings; they should have prior knowledge of AFM technology and need a substantial amount of time for their measurements. But does a sophisticated instrument necessarily have to imply complex usability? Find out which aspects you should consider when choosing an AFM! Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:45:00 +0000 Magnetic Tuning at the Nanoscale In collaboration with colleagues from the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW) and the University of Glasgow, physicists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) are working to produce engineered magnetic nanostructures and to tailor material properties at the nanoscale. The scientists use a special microscope at the HZDR Ion Beam Center to achieve this goal. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:23:00 +0000 3D Imaging of Synapses Our brain consists of countless nerve cells that transmit signals from one cell to the next. The connections between these cells, the synapses, provide a key to understanding how our memory works. Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:37:00 +0000 Expert-Webinar: The Latest Techniques for 3D Mineralogy, Crystallography and Structural Analysis Using X-ray Microscopy Geological microanalysis has the potential of shedding light into applications ranging from igneous and metamorphic petrology, mineral formation processes, paleontology, through to industrially applied geological fields. Most of the analysis, however, is done in 2D, either using traditional optical petrography techniques, or electron microscope based automated mineralogy. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:54:00 +0000 Pushing the Boundaries of Electron Microscopy We can directly see the hidden world of atoms thanks to electron microscopes, first developed in the 1930s. Today, electron microscopes, which use beams of electrons to illuminate and magnify a sample, have become even more sophisticated, allowing scientists to take real-world snapshots of materials with a resolution of less than half the diameter of a hydrogen atom. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:05:00 +0000 Sensing Magnetism Scientists from the University of Strasbourg, France, in close collaboration with colleagues from the research centers in San Sebastián, Spain, and Jülich, Germany, have achieved a breakthrough in detecting the magnetic moments of nanoscale structures. Tue, 05 Nov 2019 07:59:00 +0000 EMC2020: The Countdown Has Begun The countdown to the European Microscopy Congress 2020 (EMC2020) has begun. The RMS catches-up with Professor Klaus Qvortrup, Chair of the EMC2020 Executive Board. Understandably, he is looking forward to the event. Sun, 03 Nov 2019 06:54:00 +0000 WITec's RISE Microscopy Now Available with Zeiss Sigma 300 SEM WITec’s solution for correlative Raman-SEM imaging is now available for Zeiss Sigma 300, a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). With this jointly-developed system, WITec and Zeiss have furthered their collaboration to provide a fully-integrated instrument available as an OEM product through Zeiss that features a standard, unmodified vacuum chamber and SEM column along with a complete confocal Raman microscope and spectrometer. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 17:16:00 +0000 Tosca: Premium AFM Technology Uniquely Combined with Time-Efficient Operation The Tosca series consists of Tosca 400, a large-sample, premium AFM, and Tosca 200, an AFM for medium-sized samples and budget-sensitive research. Both devices feature the same high level of automation, increasing the efficiency and significantly simplifying the handling of AFM measurements. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 14:29:00 +0000 Zeiss and Kyoto University Consolidate Strategic Partnership Zeiss and Kyoto University are intensifying their cooperation and have signed a new strategic research agreement. As part of the agreement, the partners are opening the Zeiss iCeMS Innovation Core – a collaborative laboratory at Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS). Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:11:00 +0000 Characterization of Wrinkle Formation in a Polymeric Drug Coating by Atomic Force Microscope Surface structure of polymeric drug delivery coating plays an important role on controlled drug release. Due to unique integrated measurement workflow of the Tosca atomic force microscope, the surface texture and grain size were characterized with unprecedented efficiency. Download the Whitepaper here. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 07:13:00 +0000 Imaris 9.5: Insightful Rendering and Native Distance Measurements The newest release of Imaris, 9.5, was launched earlier this month, enabling users to calculate distance measurements quicker and easier than before, while also offering stunning new rendering tools (Insightful Rendering) to present these measurements and other types of analysis. Now the image can tell its own story, allowing the scientist to spend more time discussing what the results mean, rather than what the results are. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 17:37:00 +0000 Precision XY Stages for High Travel Accuracy and Stability Optical inspection, laser cutting or marking, but also industrial measuring technology and microscopy require positioning systems which offer high travel accuracy and stability and that are as fast as possible in order to achieve high throughput. To be able to offer solutions to the most diverse applications, PI (Physik Instrumente) has two product lines of XY stages with different kinds of motors in its portfolio. Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:57:00 +0000 High-Power Continuous-Wave OPO Laser System for Spectroscopy and Quantum Technologies The revolutionary DLC TOPO by Toptica stands alone as the only fully automated, continuous-wave, Optical Parametric Oscillator laser source on the market. High resolution spectroscopy across 1.45 - 4.0 μm (2500 - 6900 cm-1) with up to 4 W output power has never been easier. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:07:00 +0000 Artificial Intelligence in X-Ray Data Analysis Scientists seeking to design new catalysts to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to methane have used a novel artificial intelligence (AI) approach to identify key catalytic properties. By using this method to track the size, structure, and chemistry of catalytic particles under real reaction conditions, the scientists can identify which properties correspond to the best catalytic performance, and then use that information to guide the design of more efficient catalysts. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:06:00 +0000 Modern TEM Technology ETH researchers have recently been able to monitor the corrosion of bioresorbable magnesium alloys at the nanoscale over a time scale of a few seconds to many hours. This is an important step towards accurately predicting how fast implants are resorbed by the body to enable the development of tailored materials for temporary implant applications. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Zeiss Expands its Portfolio of Microscope Cameras Zeiss introduces four new high-quality CMOS cameras for digital imaging in light microscopy. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:07:00 +0000 15th International Conference on Mass Data Analysis of Images and Signals in Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition MDA The International Conference on Mass Data Analysis of Images and Signals in Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition MDA-AI&PR with Applications in Medicine, r/g/b Biotechnology, Food Industries and Dietetics, Biometry, Agriculture, Drug Discovery, and System Biology is held on yearly basis. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:42:00 +0000 Scanning Nanopore Microscopy for Live-Cell Imaging A new method developed by biophysicists at ETH Zurich has made it possible for the first time to detect and analyse signals between individual cells. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:32:00 +0000 Leica Microsystems and Struers Partner Up in the UK Leica Microsystems announced a new UK partnership with Struers, a UK manufacturer of equipment, consumables, and services for materialographic analysis. Leica microscopes, accessories, and imaging products specifically designed for industrial and material analysis applications will now also be available from Struers in the UK. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:53:00 +0000 Webinar: Multiscale Microstructural Analysis of Rocks Rocks are heterogeneous at all scales in composition, microstructure and petrophysical properties. Pore geometries and associated mineral phases and fluids are important properties in reservoir rocks and seals. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:53:00 +0000