What is the most powerful microscope?

21st July 2010

Asked by: JENNY FINNEGAN, LONDON

Two mega-microscopes spring to mind. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is home to the TEAM 0.5. It’s the most powerful transmission electron microscope in the world and has a resolution of half an angstrom (one ten-millionth of a millimetre). That’s narrower than a single hydrogen atom. And Canada’s McMaster University has two massively powerful Titan 80-300 electron microscopes capable of imaging down to about
one angstrom.

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