posted on Feb, 13 2005 @ 05:20 AM
A new five year program to develop a hybrid optical microscope is being run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST) aims to
develop a microscope that can image and measure features smaller then visible light. In some of the first tests, NIST researchers have managed to use
violet light with a wavelength of 436 nanometers to achieve an image resolution as small as 40 nanometers.
A hybrid optical microscope is being developed that could image and measure features smaller than the wavelength of visible light.
If successful, the technology could be used for commercial-scale processes and the construction of parts and products with nanoscale dimensions.
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The reason why this is significant is because “Conventional Wisdom” holds that Nanotechnology should leave the centuries old technology of
Optical microscopy in the dust, since light-based imaging methods are limited to about 200 nanometers – about twice the size of where true nanotech
begins. The five year research program aims to invent a version that can image features smaller then 10 nanometers.
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