NANO-UV is involved in a European program to develop the first affordable stand-alone compact soft X-ray microscope for in-vitro studies at the cellular level. This is made possible by a compact soft X-ray source that can produce high spectral brightness, high flux with small beam divergence. This source is coupled to a set of diffractive optics to offer 30nm resolution for a high-resolution microscope.
The microscope development has been supported by the Eurostars Program McXI E!4885 which has pulled together leading experts from the fields of microscopy and X-ray science. It is initiated with partners Delong Instruments from the Czech Republic and Silson Ltd in the UK.
The goal of the program is to gather together a group of partners with complementary skills to develop a tabletop automated solution for an in-vitro microscope in the end user’s laboratory, with improvements on brightness, source size, ergonomics, automation and compactness.
Delong Instruments provide expertise in vacuum technology and mechatronics, supported by solid in-house engineering design and manufacturing skill.
Silson Ltd provide expertise in zone plates and silicon functional membranes, created using a variety of lithographic processes.
NANO-UV provide expertise in pulse power and plasma management, supported by extensive numerical modelling capability and a manufacturing base.