Advances in FTIR Microspectroscopy: 3D Tomography to Nanoscale Imaging (#315)

Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) microspectroscopy is a well-known and powerful technique for label-free chemical imaging applicable to many problems across a variety of disciplines, from identification of stem cells and resolution of early stage changes in cancerous tissue to the identification of materials in valuable and historic art work. Methods for analysis, standards for image quality and novel developments in instrumentation are undergoing intense activity as this field rapidly evolves. This symposium will focus on some of the most exciting latest breakthroughs that have taken this venerable technique into new dimensions and fully into the nano-world. These include the first use of atomic force microscope tips to focus the long wavelength infrared light to the nanometer scale to study features a thousand times smaller than previously possible, the first ever 3-D tomographic IR imaging achieved by combining the brightness of a synchrotron light source with a large area focal plane array detector to allow full spectra tomographic imaging, automated spectral analysis of large tissue sections for improved pathology, alternative methods for achieving rapid data collection with either higher or lower spatial resolution, and significant improvements in real-time imaging of a variety of living systems.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015