Microcosm under the magnifying glass: Microscopy expert Prof. Dr. Christian Eggeling receives recognition for his scientific and academic achievements
High-resolution microscopy is needed to find out what holds the world together at its core. With its help, the micro and nano universe can be discovered in great detail and our understanding of the secrets of cell biology can be expanded. Imaging specialist Prof. Dr. Christian Eggeling has been working on microscopy-based methods for more than 20 years, contributing to even better diagnosis and therapy of diseases. Recently, the scientist was honored with two awards. In an interview, he reveals why these awards are very special milestones for him.
The photon assisted coherent quantum phase slip effect lays the basis of a prospective current standard
Superconducting nanotechnology is a rapidly developing field with a series of promising applications. Recently, an international team of researchers has demonstrated and published yet another quantum mechanical effect in superconductors – the photon assisted coherent quantum phase slip effect in a very thin superconducting nanowire. The effect is revealed as the formation of current steps on the current-voltage characteristic subject to microwave radiation.
Highest precision: Microstructured fiber measures the size of nanoparticles
Researchers at Leibniz IPHT developed a new glass fiber design that enables exceptionally long observations of a large number of individual, freely moving nanoparticles in a liquid. This allows the size distribution of nano-objects in a sample to be determined with even higher precision. The scientists are thus laying the foundation for even better research into environmental and bioanalytical issues in the future.
Improving microscopy experience with optimized software: Leibniz IPHT receives Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Award
Leibniz IPHT was awarded $20,000 from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative for the napari Plugin Foundations Grant. The financial support is intended to be used to develop and optimize software tools for imaging. In this way, the Jena researchers want to contribute to further advances in the field of modern microscopy for research and industry.
Photonics for Infection Research: Federal Minister of Research and Thuringian Minister of Economics visit Leibniz IPHT
Light-based technologies offer enormous potential in the fight against infectious diseases. Their research as well as the development of effective diagnostic methods and therapies are to be revolutionized in Jena in the coming years with the Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI). In order to get to know the Optical Valley as a traditional location for optical health technologies as well as the LPI, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, together with the Thuringian Minister of Economics, Science and Digital Society, Wolfgang Tiefensee, visited the city of science at Leibniz IPHT on November 17, 2022.
Precisely focused light: Compact and flexible fiber design ensures efficient focusing and razor-sharp images thanks to 3D printing
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Korea, Australia, Great Britain, and Germany – with participation of Leibniz IPHT – were able for the first time to optimize an optical glass fiber in such a way that light of different wavelengths can be focused extremely precisely. The level of accuracy is achieved by 3D nanoprinting of an optical lens applied to the end of the fiber. This opens up new possibilities for applications in microscopy and endoscopy as well as in laser therapy and sensor technology.