Nanoscale imaging: UCLA and Hamamatsu to collaborate on new nano-imaging instrumentation

Sept. 13, 2010
The California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA plans to collaborate with Hamamatsu Photonics on new instruments to advance the field of nano-level optical imaging.

Los Angeles, CA--The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) announced plans to collaborate with Hamamatsu Photonics Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of photon detectors and camera systems, to apply nanoscience and nanotechnology to projects having global importance in health, medicine, energy and the environment. Hamamatsu will provide the CNSI with state-of-the-art photon detectors and systems and will work with CNSI researchers on new instruments to advance the field of nano-level optical imaging.

Hamamatsu manufactures optical sensors, light sources, and other similar technologies that are necessary for nanoscale research. Founded in 1953, with headquarters in Hamamatsu City, Japan, the company has established an international reputation for high-quality optical instruments, and its products are marketed throughout the world.

The Hamamatsu instruments will be used in the Macro-Scale Imaging Laboratory and the Advanced Light Microscopy/Spectroscopy core lab, two of eight shared resource facilities at the CNSI. These two core labs focus on optical imaging and advanced image-analysis techniques for the study of macromolecules, cellular dynamics and the nanoscale characterization of biomaterials, down to the single-molecule level.

"These items will augment and expand our existing imaging capabilities," said Laurent Bentolila, scientific director of both core labs. "They will put our microscopy lab in the front ranks of research facilities using ultra–high-speed microscopy and spectroscopy and FLIM (fluorescence lifetime imaging)."

The CNSI is an integrated research facility located at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. Its mission is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations in nanoscience and nanotechnology; to train a new generation of scientists, educators and technology leaders; to generate partnerships with industry; and to contribute to the economic development and the social well-being of California, the United States and the world.

SOURCE: UCLA; http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/nanosystems-institute-at-ucla-169927.aspx

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Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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