How a super-microscope works

Exploring things no one has ever seen before takes extremely powerful instruments. The Laboratoire d’Optique Biomedicale at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland, has a device in operation that aims to push the boundaries of what is possible with the help of a prism made of SCHOTT glass. The following diagram shows the structure and function of the super-microscope, which the Swiss researchers use to depict living cells beyond the Abbe boundary:

Read an interview with Professor Theo Lasser, Director of the Laboratoire d’Optique Biomedicale.


March 16th, 2018


Oliver Hart
Advanced Optics

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