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Cellular and Stellar Images Win Awards

Photonics.com
Nov 2010
BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Nov. 16, 2010 — Two visually stunning and scientifically captivating entries have won joint first place in the first Andor Insight Awards Scientific Imaging Competition, Andor Technology plc has announced. The winning entries were submitted by David Jess and Mihalis Mathioudakis of Queen’s University in Belfast, and by Neil Ganem of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.


Neil Ganem’s winning submission, “multipolar spindle intermediate.”

The entry by Jess and Mathioudakis, titled “The Solar Cauldron,” details the sun's turbulent and dynamic atmosphere. Acquired in the US using an Andor iXon+ electron-multiplying CCD (EMCCD) cameras and a 76-cm telescope, the image provides an unprecedented view of magnetic field lines, as indicated by the dark straw-like structures present all over the field of view. Incredibly, these phenomena display supersonic motion, with velocities exceeding 30 km/s.

Ganem, who works at the David Pellman Lab of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School, entered a confocal image (in various colors) of a human cell with extra centrosomes passing through a transient “multipolar spindle intermediate.” It was captured on a Revolution XD confocal microscope system.

The winners finished ahead of more than 100 other entries and were selected by a panel of expert judges from both the life and physical sciences. Judges included Tony Wilson of Oxford University, Dr. Sun of the University of Alberta, Eduardo Rosa-Molinar of the University of Puerto Rico, Don Pollacco of Queen's University and Donal Denvir of Andor Technology.


David Jess’ and Mihalis Mathioudakis’ winning submission, “The Solar Cauldron.”

The Insight Awards focus on recognizing advanced research carried out by researchers using Andor equipment in the fields of physical and life sciences imaging and spectroscopy. This year’s entries used the full spectrum of Andor and Bitplane products, including spectrographs, EMCCD cameras, confocal microscope systems and Imaris software.

“The scientific value and visual quality of this year’s entries truly highlights the cutting-edge work carried out by researchers using Andor Technology equipment,” said Andrew Dennis, the company’s director of product management. “The judges’selection of winners from both physical and life sciences also provides an interesting insight into the significance of the researchers’ work across multiple disciplines.

For more information, visit:  www.andor.com 





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