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« Nanotechnology Timeline | Main | How Science Really Works »

January 24, 2005


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Chris Phoenix, CRN

... And twelve hours after I posted this, I stumbled upon a mention of a company, NanoSight, which has apparently developed a sub-wavelength imaging capability to the point that they have movies of 20-nm particles, taken with an ordinary microscope and video camera. They aren't saying how it works, but it seems to image in a thin plane, and is apparently purely optical--no electronic image processing. They say it can be mounted on the stage of standard optical microscopes, and sold for a fraction of the cost of the microscope.



Yeah, if this technology can be developed, it will make someone alot of money. The money is in the slides, not the scope itself, just like microarrays (biochips).

Assuming that this works, SEMs go away except for niche markets like wafer inspection, where the processing is done in vacuum to begin with.

Nanosight was supposed to release their product last year. So far, they have yet to release their product to market.

Chris Phoenix, CRN

I'm not sure SEMs go away entirely. It looks like this technology can only image a plane. SEMs can handle 3D structures.

AngstroVision, on the other hand, looks like something that could make SEMs go away. But they haven't shipped product or even updated their website for a couple of years.


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