Researchers at University of Newcastle, Melbourne, opens new doors to discovery with world’s first Scanning Helium Microscope

It was predicted few months back by WSJ, that electron microscope market was worth $10 bn.The figures are going to change drastically now after researchers from University of Newcastle, claim to build the world’s first Scanning Helium Microscope (SHM), putting an end to decades of wait in the scientific community, thus opening new doors to discovery.

Scientist can rejoice now that their samples would be characterized without getting damaged, thanks to the latest invention.

Earlier, when samples were subjected to characterization under scanning electron microscope or transmission electron microscope, they would deteriorate because of high intensity electron beam, becoming much the reason of scientists agony.

The claim from University of Newcastle, would be nothing but a boon to the scientific community and certainly lights up a path for more improvement in microscopes necessary for nanoscale imaging.

A butterfly wing under investigation by an optical microscope, versus the new scanning helium microscope.

Photo: A butterfly wing under investigation by an optical microscope (left), versus the new scanning helium microscope (right). (Supplied: University of Newcastle)

image source: abc.net.au

Close up of spider’s fang imaged by the scanning helium microscope. University of Newcastle

Detail of a honey bee’s eye imaged by the scanning helium microscope. University of Newcastle

image source : http://theconversation.com/new-helium-microscope-reveals-startling-details-without-frying-the-sample-59238

 

Read full interview with scientist behind the breakthrough

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