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Welcome to STROBE, a new NSF Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging. STROBE is part of a new class of STCs awarded in October 2016 (NSF STC Program, STC News Announcement).

As discoveries in science and technology proliferate at the nanometer and atomic scales, real-time functional imaging, which gives researchers the ability to detect what's happening at those tiny scales, becomes increasingly important. This center aims to advance real-time functional imaging by moving away from the current approach of using microscopes that employ a single imaging method -- visible, X-ray, nano-probe or electron microscopy, for example — by advancing and combining these methods. Ultimately, STROBE will enhance understanding of the structure and functionality of various types of matter as they change over time. STROBE brings together scientists and students from the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at Berkeley, Fort Lewis College, Florida International University, and the University of California at Irvine. Several national laboratories, industries and international institutions are also partnering with STROBE.


The Vision of STROBE is to transform imaging science and technology of functioning nano-systems.


The Mission of STROBE is to create powerful and broadly-applicable real-time nano-to-atomic scale imaging modalities to advance imaging science and increase access, that can be used to address grand challenges in science and technology, while building a diverse STEM workforce.

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