Advanced Imaging Technologies
The capacity to visualize matter at the limits of resolution in space and time is indispensable to both basic discovery and the development of nano-enabled materials, systems and devices. Researchers at CNSI strive to push the limits of leading-edge methods in fields ranging from ultra-sensitive detectors and high-performance microscopes to low-cost imaging platforms. Our interdisciplinary teams approach this task with a mindset that can be summarized as “If we can’t buy it, we build it”.
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December 1, 2022 | One-of-a-kind electron microscope available for users of UCLA facility
A new state-of-the-art tool for microED method is now available at the BioPolymers, Automated Cellular Infrastructure, Flow, and Integrated Chemistry Materials Innovation Platform (BioPACIFIC MIP) at UCLA, a National Science Foundation–funded user facility supporting...
October 31, 2022 | Electrons, Cameras, Action!
The California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA has changed or added five cameras connected to its suite of six transmission electron microscopes. Taken together, the upgrades will dramatically reduce noise in imaging while increasing efficiency and offering options to meet the distinct needs of different types of investigations. These instruments are available to users from UCLA and beyond at the EICN.
February 23, 2022 | Advanced mass spectrometer comes to the CNSI Nano and Pico Characterization Lab
A resource new to UCLA’s Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory (NPC) will offer researchers the opportunity to interrogate the physical and chemical properties of materials down to the nanoscale and beyond. Advanced mass spectrometer...
January 26, 2022 | Imaging Through Random Diffusers Instantly without a Computer
Imaging through scattering and diffusive media has been a challenge for many decades, with numerous solutions reported so far. In principle, images distorted by random diffusers (such as frosted glass) can be recovered using a computer. However, existing methods rely...
November 18, 2021 | New Imaging Technology Developed by UCLA Research Team May Reduce Need for Skin Biopsies
A UCLA team led by CNSI associate director Aydogan Ozcan achieves biopsy-free virtual histology of skin using deep learning and RCM. New Imaging Technology Developed by UCLA Research Team May Reduce Need for Skin Biopsies UCLA team...
November 4, 2021 | Advanced 3D cell imager added to CNSI’s light microscopy resources
The Leica THUNDER Imager. The instrument removes out-of-focus light in real time, offering the best quality widefield images possible for studying live cells, cell cultures, tissue samples, stem cells, spheroids, organoids and more. The THUNDER Imager is available for use at the Advanced Light Microscopy and Spectroscopy Lab, an open-access Technology Center in the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA.