Volume 87 Issue 30 | p. 47 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 27, 2009

Nanoscale Lenses Beat Diffraction Limit

Scientists overcome traditional material limitations by creating self-assembling molecular lenses that permit nanometer-level optical imaging
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE
Keywords: optics, spherical lenses, self-assembly

Imaging nanometer-scale objects with visible light is difficult for lens-based systems because the diffraction limit of the lens material restricts the instrument's resolution. Kwang S. Kim of South Korea's Pohang University of Science & Technology, Philip Kim of Columbia University, and coworkers report one way to beat the diffraction limit via nanoscale spherical lenses made by the self-assembly of calix[4]hydroquinone (Nature 2009, 460, 498). The researchers fabricated the lenses by slowly . . .

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