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Helium Microscope: Helps in Studying The Samples Without Damaging Them

Paul Dastoor from the University of Newcastle has been working on the scanning helium microscope (SHeM) for two decades. (Image courtesy: Google)

Some samples are damaged or altered when they are being prepared for observation under a microscope. To find a solution to this problem, Paul Dastoor from the University of Newcastle, has been working over the Scanning Helium Microscope (SHeM) for over two decades.

He says that the SHeM can be used for the newer discoveries by allowing the scientists for scrutinizing the materials without disturbing them.

This device will be useful in studying human, animals and even the plant samples and will also be including the computer chips and pharmaceutical drugs without causing any harm to them.

Opening New Doors for Discovery:

This latest discovery would be opening new doors for the discovery by analyzing the materials in their true state without any kind of alteration.

Adding to the same Mr. Dastoor says, “We wouldn’t know anything about bacteria without the development of the optical microscope, we wouldn’t know anything about nanotechnology without the development of the electron microscope. What exactly will the new helium microscope tell us? We don’t know yet. What will it open the doors to? We don’t know yet, but it will open doors.”

The Scanning Helium Microscope. (Image courtesy: www.newcastle.edu.au)
                           The Scanning Helium Microscope. (Image courtesy: www.newcastle.edu.au)

Applications of the Microscope:

The device could be used in some of the major industries like the solar energy, defence, explosives and information technology.

This brand-new device will pave the way for newer discoveries to be made and obtain insights of the structure at the microscopic level.

Mr. Dastoor led the team of the researchers who were from the University of Newcastle and even collaborated with the scientists from the England’s University of Cambridge.

Adding to the same Mr. Dastoor says this discovery will enable the researchers to see much smaller objects with much higher resolution.

It can also prove to be a great technology in removing the carbon monoxide from the exhaust gases of the vehicles.

It would also be helpful in cleaning up the toxic and even the radioactive spills without quite harming the surrounding flora and fauna.

This microscope can even examine objects having an electric charge, which the traditional microscopes can’t. It will also be enabling for the development of the newer stealth technology and also the newer explosives.

Thus there are quite enormous opportunities in the fields of biological sciences, pharmaceuticals and even the delicate materials.

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