We work on three key research themes in imaging physics. For more information on available projects, please check the below themes.
Research in the spotlight
Want to learn more about our research? See below our latest projects.
New technique for ultrafast electron microscopy (USEM)
Mathijs Garming, Pieter Kruit, and Jacob Hoogenboom (imaging physics) have published a paper in collaboration with Maarten Bolhuis and Sonia Conesa-Boj (quantum nanoscience) on a new technique for doing ultrafast scanning electron microscopy (USEM). Newly developed lock-in USEM was used to image charge carrier dynamics on the material Gallium Arsenide. The technique allows for bulk carrier and surface trapping dynamics to be separated and individually studied.
A unique Soft X-Ray source installed
The innovations in the semiconductor industry are leading to ever smaller and more efficient integrated circuits or computer chips. With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the demand for next-generation chips is growing. However, the manufacturing process is not perfect, leading to defects in the chips. Imaging, metrology and inspection are required to observe these defects and further improve the chips. But since these features are becoming extremely small (10.000 x smaller than a human hair), imaging these defects is a real challenge.
WIFI study: Whole-heart quantitative perfusion MRI during Free-breathing in women with Ischemia
In this project Sebastian Weingärtner, Hildo J. Lamb (Leiden University) and Frans Vos will develop new tools to diagnose a form of coronary artery disease that is not caused by obstruction in the major vessels. This form accounts for the majority of coronary artery disease cases in women but is rarely seen in man. Thus, conventional clinical methods often miss the diffuse pathological changes seen in this syndrome.
The Photonic Career Hub - CARLA
CARLA is an innovative Career hub for photonics. Through an iterative process of a series of meetings it aims to bring together people from all sorts of different backgrounds in 11 European countries. By bringing together people from industry, start-ups, knowledge institutes and government it aims to attract students – not only university level – PhD’s and postdocs to consider to invest some time in learning about photonics as an advancement to their career. Aurèle Adam is projectleader of this project.
Tools to image and control neurodevelopment
Elizabeth Carroll aims to increase the understanding on how the brain develops within the body. With unique non-invasive imaging techniques she is able to study the formation of brain cells within a living fish embryo and record how these cells function. Synapses are nanoscale points of contact between neurons. Being able to study their formation in vivo provides information on how neurons function.
Multibeam SEM shifts 3D cell imaging into top gear
Medical and biological scientists are eager to create 3D images for their research at nanometer resolution. However, without an efficient technique to make the scan, the process is difficult and painfully slow. To make this research feasible, ImPhys/TU Delft is teaming up with a consortium of enterprises to develop and innovative device: a multibeam scanning electron microscope.
Combination of microscopy techniques makes images twice as sharp
Researchers at Delft University of Technology have combined two existing super-resolution microscopy techniques to create a new method. Many experts thought that combining these techniques was not technically possible. The new, combined method enables researchers to visualize the tiny components of living cells better than ever before. Among other things, this can lead to new insights for healthcare.