Quantum Microscope for Living Biology

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Vincent Daris, Hans Bachor, Jiri Janousek, Michael Taylor and Joachim Knittel.
(image by Credit: Image courtesy of Australian National University)

The team believe their microscope could lead to a better understanding of the basic components of life and eventually allow quantum mechanics to be probed at a macroscopic level. 'The measurements performed could aid in understanding the life-cycle of a cell, as its cytoplasm plays a crucial role in transferring nutrients into and around the cell,' he said. Among other things, the 'quantum microscope' could reveal the finer details within a cell - more than a regular microscope. Biological imaging is a particularly important application for quantum light as these fine details are typically only visible when a lot of light is used. 'Unfortunately, biological samples are grilled when the power is increased too far,' said Mr Taylor. 'The 'quantum microscope', on the other hand, provides a way to improve measurement sensitivity without increasing the risk of optical damage to the sample.'

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