Navigation Links
High definition diagnostic ultrasonics on the nanoscale
Date:8/16/2010

Scientists and Engineers at The University of Nottingham have built the world's smallest ultrasonic transducers capable of generating and detecting ultrasound.

These revolutionary transducers which are orders of magnitude smaller than current systems are so tiny that up to 500 of the smallest ones could be placed across the width of one human hair.

While at an early stage these devices offer a myriad of possibilities for imaging and measuring at scales a thousand times smaller than conventional ultrasonics. They can be made so small they could be placed inside cells to perform intracellular ultrasonics. They can produce ultrasound of such a high frequency that its wavelength is smaller than that of visible light. Theoretically they make it possible for ultrasonic images to take finer pictures than the most powerful optical microscopes.

The work, by the Applied Optics Group in the Division of Electrical Systems and Optics has been deemed so potentially innovative that last year it was awarded a 850,000 five year Platform Grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop advanced ultrasonic techniques. The team has also been supported by additional funding of 350,000 from an EPSRC grant to underpin aerospace research.

Matt Clark, of the Applied Optics Group, said: "With the rise of nanotechnology you need more powerful diagnostic tools, especially ones that can operate non-destructively and ones which can be used to access the mechanical and chemical properties of the samples at this scale. These new transducers are hugely exciting and bring the power of ultrasonics to the nanoscale."

The ultrasonic transducers consist of sandwich or shell like structures carefully engineered to possess both optical and ultrasonic resonances. When they are hit by a pulse of laser light they are set ringing at high frequency which launches ultrasonic waves into the sample. When they are excited by u
'/>"/>

Contact: Lindsay Brooke
lindsay.brooke@nottingham.ac.uk
44-115-951-5751
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology technology :

1. The European HEALTHGRAIN consortium developed a definition for whole grain
2. Reportlinker Adds China In Vitro Diagnostics Market Outlook to 2016
3. Aeterna Zentaris Announces Collaboration with Almac to Develop Therapy and Companion Diagnostic in Cancer
4. Reportlinker Adds Molecular Diagnostics Market: DNA Probes and Biochips -- New Product Development Opportunities and Business Expansion Strategies for Instrument and Reagent Suppliers
5. QIAGEN and Roche Settle Dispute Over Distribution Agreement for TheraScreen Companion Diagnostics
6. Abviva Announces Further Patent Issuance for Technology Used in Breast Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics
7. BIO 2010: German Molecular Diagnostics Segment Posting Double-Digit Growth
8. Life Sciences Company Sword Diagnostics Moves Operations to Chicago
9. Ambry Genetics Launches First X-Linked Mental Retardation Diagnostics Using Next Generation Sequencing
10. Norgen Biotek Transitions into Diagnostics with the Launch of over 30 New Kits for Nucleic Acid-Based Diagnostics
11. Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics LLC Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the First 2009 H1N1 Influenza Assay to Include a Molecular Transport Medium (MTM)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/14/2014)... Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 ... and its motives and methods in product development and ... of the industry. This mistrust, fueled by concerns about ... further fed by reports of spectacular fines to the ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Ontario , Jan. 14, 2014   Kinaxis ®, provider ... SCM ) and sales and operations planning ( S&OP ) ... Biomanufacturing Summit , which will be held at the ... the conference, join Kinaxis customer Elisabeth Kaszas , Director ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 14, 2014 During the 1600’s through the ... “The Doctor’s Plague.” In this time period, doctors did not ... at times, to the death of vulnerable patients. In the ... that they may be unwittingly transmitting herpes viruses to their ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Holloway America today announced an addition ... reports (MTRs) for all pressure vessels and tank parts ... particularly important for equipment that must meet ASME, CE, ... search functionality that allows authorized users to quickly locate ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The Sunshine Act: Necessary Regulation or Unnecessary Dysregulation? New Life Science Webinar Hosted by Xtalks and IRB Services 2The Sunshine Act: Necessary Regulation or Unnecessary Dysregulation? New Life Science Webinar Hosted by Xtalks and IRB Services 3Event Alert: Kinaxis Customer to Present at the Biomanufacturing Summit "Supply Chain: Improving Network Effectiveness" 2Study: Fatigued Medical Interns Infect Their Patients with Herpes Viruses; The CBCD Sees a Parallel with “The Doctor’s Plague” 2Study: Fatigued Medical Interns Infect Their Patients with Herpes Viruses; The CBCD Sees a Parallel with “The Doctor’s Plague” 3Pressure Vessel Design and Fabrication Company Builds Database for Material Test Reports 2Pressure Vessel Design and Fabrication Company Builds Database for Material Test Reports 3
... , , MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel , Feb. ... for modern medicine, as their origins are unclear and the comprehension ... , Applied Spectral Imaging (ASI) a leading provider of ... European Union (EU) to be one out of nine industry and ...
... ... , ... February 16, 2010 -- Akaza Research is pleased to announce its participation in the ... is being held at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and is one of ...
... ... for comparison, querying, and sharing of NGS runs; free 2-hour seminar, includes lunch and ... ... Sequencing , , ,Learn about sequence data management and the GenomeQuest interactive, web-based tools ...
Cached Biology Technology:EU Recognizes Importance of ASI's Research on Developing New Smart Imaging Molecular Tools for Combating Neurodegenerative Diseases 2EU Recognizes Importance of ASI's Research on Developing New Smart Imaging Molecular Tools for Combating Neurodegenerative Diseases 3Akaza Research to Present OpenClinica Electronic Data Capture Software at Partnerships in Clinical Trials 2010 2GenomeQuest Announces Boston Seminar: Sequence Data Management for Next Generation Sequencing 2
(Date:4/17/2014)... A new modeling study suggests that fish consumption ... infant exposure to long-lived contaminants like persistent organic ... a team of researchers including University of Toronto ... Wania, looks at how different levels of environmental ... behavior of chemicals in the body influenced exposure ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... cartridge developed at Sandia National Laboratories and recently licensed ... and cheaper. , Bacillus anthracis , the ... all over the world and can cause serious, and ... bacteria can survive in harsh conditions for decades. In ... through skin contact, inhalation of spores or eating contaminated ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... release is available in German . ... to recognise objects; they also provide us with a continuous ... turn around, fall or sit still in a car ... trace on our retinas. Seemingly without effort, our brain calculates ... a stable position and a steady gaze during our own ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Fish consumption advisories fail to cover all types of contaminants 2Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 2Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 3How vision makes sure that little fish do not get carried away 2How vision makes sure that little fish do not get carried away 3How vision makes sure that little fish do not get carried away 4
... D is somewhat of an unusual "vitamin," because it ... most foods do not contain vitamin D unless added ... requires exposure to ultraviolet light and can be influenced ... greater than expected vitamin D insufficiency coupled with emerging ...
... 18, 2010 The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation ... cellular engineering research. The Allen Distinguished Investigator Awards will ... California, Massachusetts and New York. The grants total ... "A year ago, I started searching ...
... may soon have a new safe and cost-effective treatment for ... and his colleagues at The University of Western Ontario and ... not only prevent the onset of sepsis, but can reverse ... that can begin anywhere in your body. Your immune ...
Cached Biology News:First Allen Distinguished Investigators named 2First Allen Distinguished Investigators named 3Vitamin C: A potential life-saving treatment for sepsis 2
CQCS kit for first KR 4i , (first unit)....
... 384, compatible with hood ... handling system for 384-well ... accurately prepares large quantities ... The Wellpro also performs ...
...
...
Biology Products: