In Australia, a unique scanning helium microscope

Paul Dastor and the microscope

A team of researchers from the University of Newcastle under the leadership of Professor Paul Dastor developed a scanning helium microscope SHeM. Its main difference from a conventional electron microscope is the use of helium ion beams instead of electrons.

With its help, scientists will be able to study the organisms of humans, animals, plants, pharmaceuticals and even computer chips without damaging them, or, according to Professor Dastor, “in their true condition.”

According to him, each new type of microscope contributed to the enormous scientific achievements. Thanks to an optical microscope, it was possible to penetrate into the world of bacteria. The electron microscope made nanotechnology available.

The capabilities of the helium scanning microscope are only to be evaluated. According to Dastor and his colleagues, their invention will interest specialists in the field of solar energy , information technology and the defense industry, in particular, in the manufacture of explosives.

Under the microscope

“We hope,” the professor emphasized, “that our invention paved the way for new discoveries, because our microscope gives a completely new idea of ​​structures at a microscopic level.”

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