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Unique Electron Microscope Inaugurated

Research at the physical limits of optics is now possible at the Ernst Ruska-Centre in Jülich

Jülich, 29 February 2012 – A unique electron microscope was inaugurated at the Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) on the campus of Forschungszentrum Jülich today. The device referred to as PICO has a record resolution of fifty billionths of a millimetre. It will allow users from science and industry to study atomic structures with the highest precision possible and to achieve progress in areas such as energy research and information technology. With PICO, the operators of the centre, RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich, continue to strengthen their position at the forefront of ultrahigh-resolution electron microscopy. Funding of about € 15 million for the microscope, other scientific devices and a new building was provided by the German federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Helmholtz Association.

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