Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh on 8 October 2014 launched the ingeniously manufactured Broad Spectrum Confocal Microscope that generates 3D images of objects. This 3D microscope was launched in New Delhi.
The Confocal Microscope can be used to obtain three dimensional features at microscopic level and can play a vital role in scientific understanding of nano material and biological object. It can also do resonant scanning up to 1024x1024 pixels.
Functioning of the microscope
Several small holes on the surface help the optic fibre to produce multiple wavelengths from the laser and which is similar to the way a peacock’s feather scatters light. This light is projected on the target object that allows people to see a three dimensional structure of the object.
It has several applications in medicine and material sciences as it uses infra red beam that passes through a patented photonic crystal fibre. This crystal fibre is made by the Central Glass and Ceramics Research Institute (CGCRI), Kolkata
First of its kind, the microscope has been developed under the public-private partnership mode by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research along with Vinvish Technologies, Thiruvananthapuram, under the New Millennium Indian Technology Initiative (NMITI), which was an effort launched by the CSIR over a decade ago. CSIR launched NMITI to develop technologies through collaborative efforts by research laboratories and technology companies in India. It has been developed in two years with a 2.5-crore rupees loan from CSIR.
Where: in New Delhi
When: on 7 October 2014