MINFLUX is listed as one of the Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2017 by Physics World

December 13, 2017

MINFLUX nanoscopy by Stefan Hell is in the Physics World Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2017. The super-resolution microscope reaches nanometer-scale resolution in living cells for the first time and has a very high temporal resolution.

In December 2016, scientists around Stefan Hell have published the development of a new fluorescence microscope called MINFLUX (minimal emission fluxes). This microscope is more than 100 times sharper than conventional light microscopes and surpasses even the best super-resolution light microscopy methods to date, namely STED developed by Hell and PALM/STORM described by Nobel laureate Eric Betzig, by up to 20 times. For MINFLUX, Hell used the advantages of STED and PALM/STORM in a completely new concept. This breakthrough opens up new opportunities for researchers to investigate how life functions at the molecular level.

Physics World has listed MINFLUX by Stefan Hell (second from left) and his coworkers Klaus Gwosch, Francisco Balzarotti, and Yvan Eilers (from left) as one of the Top10 Breakthroughs of 2017.
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