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The Imago LEAP Microscope Source: Imago
Madison, Wis. -- Up close, Imago Scientific Instrument's atom probe is a veritable jungle of glinting steel, glowing ports and snaking hoses and wires. This microscope that lets scientists peer at the very atoms that compose matter does so by an intricate process, first plungin......

Full article >>> ibb. Since then, Imago has tapped more than 30 graduates of UW-Madison's science and engineering and MATC's electron microscopy degree programs.

The company also maintains close ties to university faculty, especially those in the College of Engineering departments of materials science and engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.

"Because we have to be very focused on......

Full article >>> the tiny bits of material they were studying. The pair approached Kelly, who quickly agreed to give Thompson access to Imago's equipment when it wasn't in use. "Basically, nights and weekends," says Thompson, laughing. David Larson, a former graduate student of Kelly's who now serves as Imago's director of applications, also joined the effort.

Because atom probing requires needle-sharp sp......

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"In the past, the complications of getting LEAP to work with semiconductors were so great, people didn't even want to hear about it," he says. "Now, when I get a sample set in, we can generate data right away it's a two- to three-day turnaround. And I tell people it's all because the foundation was laid on good scientific principles back when I was a postdoc."

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Full article >>> ip is access to the best atom probe data in the world, says Szlufarska, which they can use to verify their theoretical models. She also appreciates the chance to work on a problem of importance to industry.

As for Kelly, he naturally can't predict exactly where this latest collaboration will go or what it may yield for Imago's bottom-line objective of selling its microscope. Still, he kno......

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