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CIRCLENO. 40 ORONLINE: www.microscopy-analysis.comMICROSCOPY AND ANALYSIS NOVEMBER 201125PEOPLEANDPLACESAndor Technology, a world leader in scientific imag-ing and spectroscopy solutions, has announced thattwo visually stunning and scientifically captivatingentries have won the Andor Insight Awards ScientificImaging Competition. The winning entry in the Phys-ical Sciences category was submitted by Dr RobertMarshall of Boston University and the winning entryin the Life Sciences category by Dr Satoshi Nishimuraof the University of Tokyo.Dr Satoshi Nishimura of the Department of Cardio-vascular Medicine at the University of Tokyo entereda series of confocal captures entitled 'Inflammatorycellular dynamics in obese adipose tissue revealed byin vivo imaging technique'. This imaging techniqueallows scientists to work at a cellular level and willprovide the basis for future clinical usage of in-vivoimaging for humans. It was captured using an AndoriXon3 EMCCD camera and a Confocal Spinning DiskUnit.Andor Insight Imaging AwardsAccording to a recently published report fromResearch and Markets Ltd in Dublin, the world micro-scopes market, encompassing light, confocal, electronand scanning probe microscopes, generated an esti-mated $5.6 billion in revenues in 2010. The market isexpected to grow to over $9 billion by 2017. Increased government and corporate funding inlife sciences, materials research and nanotechnologyis leading to sustained growth in microscopy. Lightmicroscopes currently account for the majority of theWorld Microscopy Market Growsmicroscopy market but will lose market share to elec-tron and scanning probe microscopes in the comingyears. The largest end-user market for microscopy issemiconductors, followed by life sciences, and nano-technology and nanomaterials research. The industrywas adversely affected the global recession overall,especially in the semiconductors end-user sector butwitnessed growth in the life sciences and healthcare.Electron and scanning probe are the fastest growingmicroscopy markets. At the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena,Germany, light is the central focus of research anddevelopment. The new IPHT sees photonics as themost important key technology of the 21st century. Itis guaranteed to play a leading role in the fields ofinformation technology and communications, secu-rity, material science, life science and health.Dr Volker Deckert is the head of the Nanoscopydepartment which utilizes instrumental methods inthe development of molecular spectroscopic meth-ods with the highest spatial resolution. Central to thisprogram has been the use of tip-enhanced Ramanscattering, TERS, where the NanoWizard systems andTip-Assisted Optics module from JPK Instrumentshave provided a platform in the development ofthese experimental methods. In many cases, the struc-tural sizes of components are below the capabilitiesof normal optical microscopic or spectroscopic tech-niques. Optical near-field microscopy in combinationwith Raman spectroscopy pushes the achievable res-olution significantly below the diffraction limit ofstandard instruments. The goal of their work is theInstitute of Photonic Technology in Jenaadvancement of TERS to become an accessible andsensitive tool for the analysis of surfaces and bound-aries under ambient conditions. Applications are care-fully selected. For example, heterogeneous catalyticreactions are studied because such application-ori-ented experiments may be used to verify and improvethe functionality of the instrument and to demon-strate its practicality for 'real' problems.????????????????????????????????????