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First 4D look at crystallising atoms contradicts textbook nucleation theory

June 27, 2019
Source: Chemistry World

For the first time scientists have watched iron and platinum atoms crystallise in 4D – not only observing their arrangement in space but tracking them over time. Their observations clash with classical nucleation theory, which describes the early stages of a phase transition, adding to growing evidence that the textbook theory is outdated and imprecise.

Watching crystal nucleation happen at atomic scale

June 27, 2019
Source: C&EN: Chemical & Engineering News

Crystals form in storm clouds, metals, drug molecules, and even in diseased tissues. Despite their ubiquity, scientists still don’t fully understand what happens when a liquid solution first starts to form a solid crystal, a step called nucleation. Now researchers have gotten their first glimpse of the details of the process, imaging individual atoms during nucleation in metal nanoparticles (Nature 2019, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1317-x).

Atomic motion is captured in 4D for the first time

June 26, 2019
Source: UCLA Newsroom, CNSI News

Results of UCLA-led study contradict a long-held classical theory.  Everyday transitions from one state of matter to another — such as freezing, melting or evaporation — start with a process called “nucleation,” in which tiny clusters of atoms or molecules (called “nuclei”) begin to coalesce. Nucleation plays a critical role in circumstances as diverse as the formation of clouds and the onset of neurodegenerative disease. A UCLA-led team has gained a never-before-seen view of nucleation — capturing how the atoms rearrange at 4D atomic resolution (that is, in three dimensions of... Read More

Bruker acquires nanoIR company Anasys Instruments

April 18, 2019
Source: Anasys Instruments

Bruker today announced that it has acquired Anasys Instruments Corp., a privately held company that develops and manufactures nanoscale infrared spectroscopy and thermal measurement instruments. This acquisition adds to Bruker’s portfolio of Raman and FTIR spectrometers, as well as to its nanoscale surface science instruments, such as atomic force microscopy and white-light interferometric 3D microscopy. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, Anasys Instruments Corp. has pioneered the field of nanoprobe-based thermal and infrared... Read More

UCLA mathematics professor developed key numerical algorithm used to reconstruct image of black hole

April 15, 2019
Source: UCLA Newsroom, College of Mathematics

UCLA mathematics professor Stan Osher, Cognitech Inc CEO Leonid Rudin and then PhD student Emad Fatemi, now sadly deceased, created a numerical algorithm that was instrumental in reconstructing the cleaned up image of the black hole captured in April 2017. Their work has been cited as the key regularization function in sparse modeling that has been applied to astronomical imaging (Akiyama et al. 2017) . 

Study reveals key details about bacterium that increases risk for stomach cancer

March 25, 2019
Source: UCLA Newsroom, CNSI News

More than half of the people in the world host colonies of a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori in their stomachs. Although it’s harmless to many, H. pylori can cause stomach cancer as well as ulcers and other gastric conditions. Doctors tend to prescribe multiple antibiotics to defeat the microbe, but that strategy can lead to antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Now, a finding by UCLA scientists may lead to a better approach. The researchers have determined the molecular structure of a protein that enables H. pylori to stay alive in the stomach, and elucidated the mechanism by... Read More

Imec to install high NA EUV imaging and attosecond analytical lab to probe lithography down to 8nm pitch

February 26, 2019
Source: IMEC

Today, imec, a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, and KMLabs, pioneers and world leaders in ultrafast laser and EUV technology, announce a joint development to create a real-time functional imaging and interference lithography laboratory. This lab will enable imaging in resist on 300mm wafers down to an unprecedented 8nm pitch. Additionally, it will enable time-resolved nanoscale characterization of complex materials and processes, such as photoresist radiation chemistry, two-dimensional materials, nanostructured systems and devices,... Read More

Double Helix Optics Wins Prestigious SPIE’s 2019 Prism Award

February 11, 2019
Source: Cision

Double Helix Optics was just declared the winner of SPIE’s 2019 Prism Award in the Diagnostics and Therapeutics category. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, presents this prestigious award to exceptionally innovative organizations for the best new optics and photonics products brought to the market. Double Helix Optics’ award-winning SPINDLE® module and patented Light Engineering™ point spread function (PSF) technology deliver unparalleled 3D imaging and tracking with precision-depth capability.

Novelists Edna O’Brien and William Kennedy among winners of award for Irish abroad

November 28, 2018
Source: The Irish Times

Limerick-born Prof Margaret Murnane will be given the award for the science, technology and innovation award, which will be presented to her in the US. Prof Murnane is regarded as being one of the leading optical physicists of her generation. She is Director of the National Science Foundation STROBE Science and Technology Center on functional nano-imaging, a fellow at JILA and Distinguished Professor at the Department of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado.

Electronic activity previously invisible to electron microscopes revealed at UCLA

October 29, 2018
Source: UCLA Newsroom

New imaging technique may lead to improved functionality of devices such as PCs, smartphones.  The chips that drive everyday electronic gadgets such as personal computers and smartphones are made in semiconductor fabrication plants. These plants employ powerful transmission electron microscopes. While they can see physical structures smaller than a billionth of a meter, these microscopes have no way of seeing the electronic activity that makes the devices function. That may soon change, thanks to a new imaging technique developed by UCLA and University of Southern California... Read More

Expanding the Infrared Nanospectroscopy Window

October 26, 2018
Source: ALSNews

An innovative infrared-light probe with nanoscale spatial resolution has been expanded to cover previously inaccessible far-infrared wavelengths. The ability to investigate heterogeneous materials at nanometer scales and far-infrared energies will benefit a wide range of fields, from condensed matter physics to biology.

YouTube: 2018 CO-LABS Governor Awards for High Impact Research Event

October 05, 2018
Source: CO-LABS YouTube Channel

Brilliant discoveries from the realms of clean energy chemistry, profound advances in disease diagnosis, astounding fundamental atomic physics shaping global nanotechnology and surprising results of "everyday" consumer activities affecting atmospheric pollution the CO-LABS 10th Anniversary Awards event was another fantastic celebration of scientific discovery! This premier scientific research recognition event in Colorado included 200 researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials as we celebrated the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from... Read More

YouTube: 2018 Governor Awards for High Impact Research Winner

October 05, 2018
Source: CO-LABS YouTube Channel

Friday, October 5, 2018 – Last night CO-LABS presented JILA’s ultrafast imaging team, led by Fellows Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn, the 2018 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research.   Murnane and Kapteyn were honored for their work in revolutionizing ultrafast and nanoscale imaging through the research and development of tabletop x-ray sources. These advancements enable real-time imaging of the structure, chemistry, and dynamics of materials at the level of small collections of atoms. The applications range from improving semiconductor devices and magnetic storage to... Read More

Paper on diffractive optics shows 3D holograms become reconfigurable by computer

October 04, 2018
Source: Opli.net

Diffraction refers to a variety of phenomena occurring when a wave encounters an obstacle and bends around it. Diffractive optics are widely used today in imaging, holography, microscopy and manufacturing. Previous work has shown that extending diffractive optics from two dimensions to three dimensions enables new functionality and improves system performance. The paper suggests a way to make the two-dimensional waves three-dimensional in real time with a simple modification to existing devices controlled with a computer. 

Groundbreaking Gains: Latinx Individuals Blaze Trails in STEM and Inspire the Next Generation

September 18, 2018
Source: Diversity in Action

The fact that Nico Hernandez-Charpak found his way to a STEM-based career is not surprising at all. In fact, it's in his blood. His father, who is of Colombian descent, is an engineer. His mother, who is French, is a doctor. His grandfather is a physicist. "My family were my role models. Of course, they played a big role."

UCLA-led study reveals the mechanism that helps malaria parasites take over human red blood cells

August 27, 2018
Source: UCLA Newsroom

Researchers from UCLA and Washington University in St. Louis have discovered the previously unknown mechanism of how proteins from Plasmodium parasites — which cause malaria — are exported into human red blood cells, a process that is vital for parasites to survive in humans. The finding could pave the way for new treatments for malaria.

JILA, CIRES, NOAA researchers honored with 2018 Governor's Awards

August 24, 2018
Source: CU Boulder Today

Murnane, Kapteyn and their colleagues from JILA, a joint-institute of CU Boulder and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), earned a nod for their years of efforts to wrangle X-ray light. The group debuted the world’s first tabletop X-ray laser in 2007. Today, these devices can shoot out pulses of radiation at a millionth of a billionth of a second—fast enough for scientists to image molecules in the act of forming and breaking chemical bonds. In addition to peering at the workings of atoms, such lasers may also enable new types of semiconductors and medical... Read More

Fort Lewis College part of multimillion dollar partnership boosting diversity in materials science

August 07, 2018
Source: FLC News

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded new Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) grants to support eight collaborations across the United States aimed at fostering cutting-edge materials research while increasing diversity. Each award is expected to total nearly $4 million and will support a materials research partnership between a minority-serving institution (MSI) and a large-scale research facility supported by NSF’s Division of Materials Research (DMR).  The PREM for Functional Nanomaterials is led by the Department of Physics... Read More

NSF awards forge partnerships between minority-serving institutions and leading research facilities

August 07, 2018
Source: National Science Foundation News Release 18-056

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded new Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) grants to support eight collaborations across the United States aimed at fostering cutting-edge materials research while increasing diversity.  The Fort Lewis College and Norfolk State University STROBE Science and Technology Center will focus on advanced imaging and characterization of functional nanomaterials. Fort Lewis College is a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution, and additionally serves a significant Hispanic population. The PREM framework elements... Read More

Three UCI School of Physical Sciences Faculty Earn Prestigious NSF Early Career Awards

July 25, 2018
Source: UCI School of Physical Sciences Communications

Franklin Dollar, Ph.D., assistant professor for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was awarded the prestigious five-year NSF grant valuing at $680,000 for his project titled CAREER: Coherent Laser Control for Compact Accelerators. Dollar’s project supports a study of how to coherently control the physics of laser-driven particle accelerators by manipulating laser properties such as the laser wavefront. Advanced particle accelerators based on lasers have the potential to dramatically reduce the size and duration of such sources, and could have immediate applications in medical... Read More

Bjoern Enders, Physics Postdoctoral Fellow

July 23, 2018
Source: ALSNews

Bjoern Enders joined the ALS as a postdoc in July 2016. He first worked on Beamline 5.3.2.1 before moving to Beamline 7.0.1 (COSMIC) when 5.3.2.1 was disassembled and the ptychography program was moved in the summer of 2017. His research is part of the NSF Science and Technology Center STROBE.

Double Helix Optics Secures $1 Million Investment to Expand 3D Nano-Imaging Use in Scientific and Pharmaceutical Research

July 10, 2018
Source: Globe Newswire

Double Helix Optics, a 3D nano-imaging company, was recognized as the most promising optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI) startup, taking home $1 million in investment funding from Luminate. The company’s patented Light Engineering™ technology turns 2D imaging into 3D information capture, allowing scientists to see structures in their entirety to accelerate disease discovery and research, drug development, industrial inspection, and beyond. Already, the technology is in use at leading research laboratories in the U.S. and Europe.

Scientists see inner workings of enzyme telomerase, which plays key roles in aging, cancer

June 06, 2018
Source: UCLA Newsroom

Cancer, aging-related diseases and other illnesses are closely tied to an important enzyme called “telomerase.” UCLA researchers report in the journal Cell the deepest scientific understanding yet of this once-mysterious enzyme, whose catalytic core — where most of its activity occurs — can now be seen in near atomic resolution.

Berkeley Lab Paves the Way for Real-time Ptychographic Data Streaming

June 04, 2018
Source: Berkeley Lab

CAMERA/ALS/STROBE Collaboration Yields Novel Image Data Workflow Pipeline. Now an inter-government agency funded collaboration of scientists from Berkeley Lab’s DOE-funded Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA), the ALS and STROBE, the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center, has yielded another first-of-its-kind advance for ptychographic imaging: a software/algorithmic pipeline that enables real-time streaming of ptychographic image data during a beamline experiment, providing throughput, compression and resolution as well as rapid... Read More

Hands-on Learning: CU, FLC Scientists Bring Engineering to IMS

May 10, 2018
Source: Pine River Times

Yes, touch it, ask questions, and learn how it works. That's part of the hands-on science experience that University of Colorado Boulder and Fort Lewis College faculty are taking on the road, encouraging students to consider careers in engineering and technical fields.

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