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Laser-blasted biopsies escape damage Jun 24, 2015

(with audio) Picosecond infrared laser ablation extracts biosamples damage-free.

Technology update

'Green' nanocapsules kill bacterial biofilms

Silica nanoparticles encapsulating natural essential oils could be used as disinfectants but may also help in wound healing.

Ferroelectric capacitor goes flexible

New device might find applications in wearable electronics, health-monitoring systems and ultradense information-storage systems that mimic the structure of the brain.

Spectrometry reaches mass-consumer simplicity

The first ever spectrometer to use quantum-dot materials demonstrates the possibility of devices as small, cheap and simple as smart-phone cameras.

Taking the heat off silicon optical devices

Pulsed laser deposition offers a cooler CMOS-compatible approach for fabricating photoluminescent silicon nanocrystal fabrication.

Graphene/hBN metastructure goes hyperbolic

Researchers succeed in controlling "hyperbolic polaritons" in a hybrid metastructure made from carbon sheets and hexagonal boron nitride. in the lab


2: Optical sensing and imaging beyond the diffraction limit

Pablo Alonso describes how a scanned probe can be used for sensing and imaging beyond the diffraction limit.

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Nano-cartography: knowing where to look

Mapping aids navigation. Now a well-stocked tool box of approaches provides information on how electronic, optical, mechanical and magnetic properties vary in nanosystems, with ever more refined techniques for accruing insights into the interplay of different system parameters.

Electron microscopy reaches new heights

(with audio) Researchers gathered at the inauguration of the SuperSTEM 3 electron microscope in Daresbury, UK, told about their outlook for the equipment and its high-resolution spectroscopic and spatial capabilities.

White papers

First-Order-Reversal-Curve (FORC) Measurements of Nano-Magnetic Materials

A white paper from Lake Shore Cryotronics.

An introduction to particle size characterisation by DCS

A white paper from Analytik Ltd.

Targeted patch clamping with ion conductance microscopy

A white paper from Park Systems.

ICM Image of Suspended Collagen Fibrils

A white paper from Park Systems.


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