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Autumn 2020

Collaboration finds its scope

DOUGLAS FARMER, SENIOR EDITOR [email protected]
Doug FarmerSometimes when many groups agree to look at a problem through the same lens, it can make all the difference. So when researchers in EU’s ChipScope project worked together to develop an innovative optical microscope, they produced exciting results.

Until the last decade, light microscopes were held to the Abbe limit, meaning structural features smaller than 200 nm could not be resolved by them. But in the planned ChipScope design, a specimen is placed above a light source consisting of numerous LEDs, and the light propagation is measured by single-photon avalanche detectors. The sample is moved by nanopositioners and microfluidics. Superresolution then becomes more available than ever before.

Angel Dieguez Barrientos, an associate professor in the Department of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Barcelona, said the goal of the project is to make such technology portable and less expensive, without the need for lenses or a complex setup.

The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), the European Commission’s repository for results of projects funded under EU frameworks, recently reported this progress. The project includes the expertise of research institutes and private companies from Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland.

Barrientos said that by the end of the year, when the current timeline runs out, project leaders hope to integrate the last LEDs and build various sizes of the arrays for different microscopes. While the initial interest of the team was studying pulmonary disease, he said they will be focusing now on measuring simple cells and two electron-beam lithography patterns. This technology could very well appear in a laboratory near you.

Readers of this edition of EuroPhotonics will see updates on other research as well. Harald Vinçon, Sonja Kauer, and Maximilian Heym of SCANLAB discuss how advancements in laser scanning systems have allowed for breakthroughs in materials processing and fabrication. Learn more here.

Susanne Pahlow, Karina Weber, and Jürgen Popp of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology explore Raman spectroscopy as a superb technology for the identification of the chemical makeup of various samples. This application holds promise for the construction of point-of-care systems that identify cells and bacteria, and for furthering understanding of antibiotic resistance. Read more here.

Finally, in the “EPIC Insights” column, Elena Beletkaia and Jose Pozo write that the versatility of modern fiber optic sensing systems opens doors for applications in industries including oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, structural health monitoring, military, and biomedical. Learn more from EPIC here.

Enjoy the issue!
Mike Wheeler
As editor-in-chief, Michael Wheeler oversees Photonics Media's editorial operations — spanning print, web, and podcasts. He also serves as editor of Vision Spectra, chronicling advancements in the rapidly expanding machine vision/inspection sector.
Dan McCarthy
Senior editor Dan McCarthy manages editorial content and production for Photonics Spectra. An award-winning writer and editor, he has communicated the progress and practical value of advanced technologies for over two decades.
Doug Farmer
Senior Editor Douglas Farmer has been a journalist for nearly 20 years, winning awards for health and education reporting. He has a master's degree in journalism from Ball State University. He is editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics magazines.
 
Sarah Weiler
As Webinar & Social Media Coordinator, Sarah Weiler organizes and produces all Photonics Media webinars and manages social media content. With a background in writing and editing, she also contributes to the print publications.
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics, and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
Hank Hogan
Contributing Editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
 
Marie Freebody
Contributing Editor Marie Freebody is a freelance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Farooq Ahmed
Farooq Ahmed has covered the physical and biological sciences for over a decade. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Columbia University.
 
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