A new mini microscope that uses fluorescence imaging is allowing researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla,
Calif., to look deeper into the central
nervous system. This could lead to novel
pain treatments for spinal cord injuries
and neurodegenerative diseases such as
ALS. With this and other such work,
microscopy is vital technology in the life
sciences. But now, microscope advances
are being applied in industry, R&D, the
consumer market and applications that
were not possible before, including digitalization and sensing interfaces.
And growth is expected to continue.
A recent report by market research firm
ReportBuyer sees the global microscopy
market expanding at a CAGR of 8. 9
percent between 2015 and 2020, pushing
it to just over $6.83 billion. The market
has seen a considerable increase in R&D
funding from the public and private sectors, according to the report, and there
has been a rapid shift from conventional
tools to integrated digital image analysis
systems, in turn boosting demand for innovative microscopy devices.
Photonics Spectra spoke with several
industry experts for their take on the
state of the microscopy market, as well
as trends in research and other advancements in this field.
Light drives the migration of charge carriers at the juncture between semiconductors with mismatched
crystal lattices. These heterostructures hold promise for advancing optoelectronics and exploring
new physics. The schematic’s background is a scanning transmission electron microscope image showing
the bilayer in atomic-scale resolution.
Nanoscale copper plasmonic waveguides on a silicon chip in a scanning near-field optical microscope (left) and their image obtained using electron microscopy (right).
Aydogan Ozcan, Ph.D., Chancellor’s
Professor in the UCLA Electrical Engineering & Bioengineering departments,
HHMI professor at the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute, associate director of
the California NanoSystems Institute
(CNSI) and founder of Holomic/
David K. Welsh, M.D., Ph.D., associate
professor of psychiatry at UC San
Diego who studies circadian rhythms
in single cells using bioluminescence
Nestor J. Zaluzec, senior materials
scientist in the Electron Microscopy
Center and Center for Nanoscale