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Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner win 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Eric-BetzigUS scientists Eric Betzig,William Moerner and German scientist Stefan W. Hell have won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2014 for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

With nanoscopy scientists can observe viruses, proteins and molecules smaller than 0.0000002 metres.

For a long time optical microscopy was held back by a presumed limitation: that it would never obtain a better resolution than half the wavelength of light. Helped by fluorescent molecules the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2014 ingeniously circumvented this limitation. Their ground-breaking work has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension, said the Nobel Assembly.

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