MICROSCOPE FOR SUBWAVELENGTH TOPOGRAPHY AND SPECTROSCOPY

MICROSCOPE FOR SUBWAVELENGTH TOPOGRAPHY AND SPECTROSCOPY

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 19246
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
725 Pellissippi Parkway, Suite 1, Knoxville, TN, 37932
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Harvel A Wright
 (615) 675-4333
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL RESULT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A REVOLUTIONARY NEW TYPE OF OPTICAL MICROSCOPE UTILIZING THE VERY RECENT TECHNOLOGY REFERRED TO AS PHOTON SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPY. THIS NEW MICROSCOPPE COULD PROVIDE THREE-DIMENSIONAL TOPOGRAPHICAL IMAGES OF BIOLOGICAL OR MEDICAL SAMPLES WITH A POTENTIAL RESOLUTION AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE BETTER THAN THAT POSSIBLE WITH THE BEST CONVENTIONAL OPTICAL MICROSCOPES. IT WILL MAKE POSSIBLE THE EXAMINATION OF SAMPLES IN AMBIENT CONDITIONS WITH RESOLUTION APPROACHING THAT OF SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPES WITHOUT THEIR REQUIREMENTS THAT THE SAMPLE BE PLACED IN A VACUUM AND BE COATED WITH A CONDUCTING MATERIAL. IT WOULD BE DESIGNED TO ALLOW RAPID EXAMINATION OF CONVENTIONALLY PREPARED BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES ON STANDARD MICROSCOPE SLIDES. FURTHERMORE, THE NEW MICROSCOPE WOULD POSSESS INHERENT SPECTROSCOPIC CAPABILITIES OF CHEMICAL MAPPING OF THE SAMPLE WITH SUB-WAVELENGTH RESOLUTION.

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