The Nobel prize 2014 for Chemistry has been awarded to Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and W.E. Moerner for their contributions to optical nanoscopy. This revolutionary technique enables imaging detail at the nano-scale with visible light and an ordinary microscope. The laureates have made this possible on the basis of clever ways to get a grip on the position in a sample where light is emitted from. Now it is possible to effectively restrict the emission of light to regions on the order of nanometers. This in turn is used to generate images with superior resolution.
In this lecture we explain the principles of optical nanoscopy and the contributions of the individual laureates and go into their remarkable carrier paths. We will also put the prize into perspective by going into the essential work of other prominent researchers in the field. Finally we talk about how we personally experienced the rise of the field and the research we do in Delft to improve and expand the application range of optical nanoscopy, and the impact it has on science and technology development.
Who: Sjoerd Stallinga & Bernd Rieger, Department of Imaging Physics
When: Wednesday the 15th of October
Where: Lecture hall E (F005)
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