Videos about Stefan Hell

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014



Portrait about Stefan Hell

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.

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.



Video about the research

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 microscopy developed by Stefan Hell 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.

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 microscopy developed by Stefan Hell 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

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry – How the optical microscope became a nanoscope. Stefan W. Hell, Eric Betzig, and William E. Moerner; December 8, 2014

Chemistry Nobel Lectures

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry – How the optical microscope became a nanoscope. Stefan W. Hell, Eric Betzig, and William E. Moerner; December 8, 2014
Ceremony for the Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine, in Physics, and in Chemistry in the Stockholm Concert Hall on December 10, 2014.

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony 2014

Ceremony for the Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine, in Physics, and in Chemistry in the Stockholm Concert Hall on December 10, 2014.
Banquet speech by Stefan Hell

Nobel Banquet 2014

Banquet speech by Stefan Hell
The Nobel Laureate describes his research in easy-to-understand terms.

Interview with Stefan Hell

The Nobel Laureate describes his research in easy-to-understand terms.
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