Since the 19th century it has been widely accepted that a light microscope cannot see details that are finer than half the wavelength of light (>200 nm). However, in the 1990s it was discovered that this diffraction resolution barrier can be effectively overcome, such that fluorescent features can be resolved virtually down to molecular dimensions.
I will discuss the simple yet powerful physical principles that allowed us to break the resolution limit, with special emphasis on STED and RESOLFT microscopy, and moreover exemplify the relevance of this 'optical nanoscopy' to the neurosciences.
The members of the Scientific Advisory Board Japan:
Prof. Yasushi Hiraoka (Osaka University), Prof. Masaru Ishii (Osaka University), Prof. Takeharu Nagai (Osaka University), Prof. Masayuki Miura (University of Tokyo), Prof. Yasuteru Urano (University of Tokyo), Prof. Takeshi Kaneko (Kyoto University), Prof. Akihiro Kusumi (Kyoto University)
and Dr. Thomas Zapf (Leica Microsystems) cordially invite you to meet Professor Hell at the post lecture receptions for personal discussion.
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