Quantum leap: This microscope can zoom in on tiny structures previously not visible!

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Australian researchers have found what could be referred to as a quantum leap in medical technology, a microscope that can view tiny biological structures that were not previously visible.

Scientists estimate that this new quantum medical technology can help in viewing the cells better and improve existing microscopes. It could further help in the improvement of medical imaging and technology.

This research was published in Nature. The newly developed microscope is a coherent Raman microscope that allows imaging of molecular bonds within cells with 35 percent more clarity.

The team was led by Caxtere A Cascio of the University of Queensland and tried to improve the capability of existing microscopes by increasing the light intensity that enhances biological imaging. Although this technology is still under development, it has outperformed conventional technologies.

The branch of quantum physics, quantum technology, is used to study the functions of tiny and subatomic particles. This branch has been used for five decades and can be used to enhance maritime and computing capabilities.

The researchers have tried to remove the problem of sound, as it interrupts resolution, sensitivity, and speed in conventional microscopes. While using bright lights seems the only way to remove noise. Still, it can’t be used while investigating living systems, “The bright lasers can severely disturb biological processes,” researchers said in the report.

To reduce the noise, the researchers have used a signal-to-noise ratio that is beyond the photodamage limit. This development has increased the sensitivity of conventional microscopes by 14%.

“Our work will enable order-of-magnitude improvements in the signal-to-noise ratio and the imaging speed,” researchers concluded in the paper.

This research is viewed as the next significant achievement after the 2014 Nobel prize-winning work by Eric Betzig, Stefan W Hell, and William E Moerner in chemistry. They were responsible for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

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