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Eric Betzig, Nobel prize laureate, gives a conference at l’X

Eric Betzig, who was awarded the 2014 Nobel prize in Chemistry, gives a conference at École Polytechnique on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 on "Imaging life at high spatiotemporal resolution".

Eric Betzig, Professor at the Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, will be at École Polytechnique on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 to give a conference on "Imaging life at high spatiotemporal resolution". This conference is organized by École Polytechnique Physics department.

The American scientist was awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry along with Stefan Hell and William E. Moerner for their research in the field of microscopy which opened the way to "nanoscopy".
Thanks to their work, it is now possible for scientists to visualize the movement of molecules within living cells at very small time scales.

Before them, it was impossible to observe living cells at a scale smaller than 250 nanometers, because of the diffraction limit of light as developed by the scientist Ernst Abbe in 1873. According to this theory, the light reflected by a nanoscale object merges with that of the elements found nearby.
The winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize found a way around around that problem by using fluorescent molecules.

On Tuesday, 16 June 2015, Eric Betzig will describe in his conference three areas focused on addressing the challenges of imaging life at high resolution:
> Super-resolution microscopy for imaging specific proteins within cells down to near-molecular reolution;
> Plane illumination microscopy using non-diffracting beams for noninvasive imaging of three-dimensional dynamics within live cells and embryos;
> Adaptive optics to recover optimal images from within optically heterogeneous specimens.

More information:
Conference of Eric Betzig, 2014 Nobel prize in Chemistry, on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 at 10:30am in Poincaré amphitheater.

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