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The Amazing Titan 80-300 Cubed

The Titan 80-300 Cubed is the worlds most advanced electron microscope, and was recently installed at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy at McMaster. It produces images with a gargantuan 14 million times magnification, which is sufficient to easily image single atoms. Mo Elbestawi, VP at McMaster, even says that the Titan is powerful enough for researchers to investigate the electrons surrounding the atom nucleus. The potential applications of this microscope are endless, including advances in nanotechnology, medical research, electronics and material research. Electron microscopy is a rapidly evolving field of research, and new microscopes that will eventually surpass the Titan’s abilities are currently under way. 

Close-up of the surface of an aluminium alloy taken by the Titan (and yes, those are individual atoms)

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October 24, 2008 - Posted by | General Science | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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