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Super Lens Provides Super Images

Posted September 19, 2006 2:43 PM
Pathfinder Tags: imaging microscopes nano NSOM scanning

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Biochemistry and The University of Texas at Austin have demonstrated that a "superlens" can be used to image ultra-small, two-dimensional objects such as nanoholes or nanodiscs. The scientists produced images of holes that were smaller than a wavelength of light, about 500 nm in diameter, by equipping a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) with a newly fabricated superlens. According to Gennady Shvets, a professor of physics at UT, "One new possible application could be the imaging of biological objects in their natural environment, separated by a superlens from the probing tip." Click here for more information.

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