To put this into context here are some very small things:
The eye is an amazing organ.
SMAL uses a microsphere to greatly increase the resolution of an optical microscope. Our patented microsphere attachment creates a super-lens that can see in super-resolution down to 50 nm using nothing but light (dependant upon the sample). With SMAL, you can see into the nanoscopic world like never before; we are taking light past its theoretical limit; redefining the smallest object that the human eye can see.
Optical microscopes are the most prevalent imaging system in laboratories the world over. They are easy to use, affordable, image in full colour, and have a high throughput. However, optical microscopy has been traditionally limited by the diffraction limit of light to 200 nm. To look at objects below 200 nm in size researchers normally use a modified confocal or scanning electron microscope. These instruments are expensive, hard to use, and often have large queues in Universities and other research institutions.
In 2011 our CEO, Dr Lin Li, proved the concept of “submerged microsphere optical nanoscopy” (SMON), demonstrating the direct white light imaging of 75nm adenoviruses. His discovery was covered in the journal Nature, as well as the NY Times and the BBC. Since then we have been working hard to apply the microsphere principle to a commercial nanoscope that can satisfy a broad range of imaging requirements. The result is NANOPSIS, powered by SMAL, the world’s first microsphere nanoscope. It is a non-contact system that works with or without immersion, that has the potential to image live samples without protein fixing. SMAL has the potential to revolutionise how we image the nanoscopic world. As it is non-destructive it has myriad applications in the materials and life sciences, and its ability to image through transparent layers and with depth makes it perfect for microelectronic quality control. We are currently working on our life sciences model, our materials model, the NANOPSIS M, is currently available for pre-order.
Unlike SEMs, STED, STORM, and other super-resolution techniques, the NANOPSIS ONE can see the nanoscopic world in full, real colour, revealing details that would otherwise be missed using reconstructive super-resolution imaging. Imagine being able to examine nanoscopic faults in the surfaces of aircraft, or on the inside of a nuclear reactor in full colour; with the NANOPSIS M you get more detail and information than ever before. Our nanoscope can achieve a 90nm resolution along the X, Y, and Z axis, allowing for the creation of super-high fidelity images that reveal the true structure of the nanoscopic world. These images have a far greater contrast than traditional super-resolution techniques, and with our custom software, we can rapidly scan large areas to create full colour, super-resolution images.
The NANOPSIS M is our first SMAL enabled super-resolution optical nanoscope. Tailored for materials, it is an ultra-accessible, high-performance system that can perform basic routine work and super-resolution imaging. Operationally, the NANOPSIS M is the simplest super-resolution microscope in the world. It is easier to use, takes up less space, and requires less power to run than a typical SEM, STED, or STORM systems.
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