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Dr. Frederik Köpper
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Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Phone:+49 551 201-1310

Audio File of the Press Conference on October 8th, 2014 (podcast)

Shortly after announcement of Stefan Hell as winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014, the physicist met with the media. 

Press conference at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry on October 8th, 2015

Shortly after announcement of Stefan Hell as winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014, the physicist met with the media. 

Stefan Hell interviewed by Adam Smith on October 8th, 2014

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014

Videos about the research of Stefan Hell

STED – Insights into the nanoworld

Optical microscopes cannot distinguish between objects that are closer together than about 200 nanometers – about one two hundredth of a hair's breadth. The reason for this is the wave nature of light, the half wavelength of which roughly corresponds to those 200 nanometers. The STED microscopy developed by Stefan Hell is the first optical microscope technology to go beyond this magic barrier, enabling researchers to gain fascinating insights into the nanoworld.





Sharper than theory allows

Previously, the law formulated by Ernst Abbe in 1873 was regarded as the absolute lower limit. Objects lying closer to each other than 200 millionths of a millimetre, i.e. about one two hundredth of a hair's breadth, can no longer be distinguished from one another. The STED (Stimulated Emission Depletion) microscopy, which the physicist Stefan Hell from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen invented and developed to application readiness, allows scientists to gain insights into the nano world far beyond this limit. Biologists and physiologists in particular value this breakthrough, because living cells or tissue can only be observed using optical microscopes.





Videos of the Nobel Week in Stockholm 

Nobel Lectures: 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry – How the optical microscope became a nanoscope




The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony 2014

Watch the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony from the Stockholm Concert Hall in Sweden, 10 December 2014.





Nobel Banquet 2014 - Speech by Stefan W. Hell

Speech by Stefan W. Hell at the Nobel Banquet 2014.




Interview with Stefan W. Hell on December 6th, 2014

Stefan Hell describes his Nobel Prize awarded work in easy-to-understand terms. 

 
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