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Posted: May 19, 2008

Insight into unseen - 1st European Conference on CARS microscopy

(Nanowerk News) A team of scientists lead by Dr. Andreas Volkmer from the 3rd Institute of Physics of the University of Stuttgart is one of the worldwide leading teams working on the development of a novel optical imaging technique that combines chemical selectivity and high spatial resolution, the so called CARS microscopy (CARS: Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering). In CARS microscopy, the intrinsic vibrational properties of a molecule are used to generate image contrast. By applying latest laser-spectroscopic methods this technique allows the chemical mapping and analysis of single cells and tissue without the need for an exogenous label. CARS microscopy therefore facilitates a wealth of applications in modern life and material sciences.
For the first time, more than 100 physicists, chemists, biologists and medical scientists from all over the world will convene for the 1st European Conference on CARS microscopy (microCARS2008) in May 25-27 in Igls (near Innsbruck), Austria. Under the slogan “Insight into the unseen – label free optical imaging and chemical analysis”, the meeting will provide a forum to discuss the state of the research, to give insights in the latest technological development and in compelling applications in the Life Sciences of this novel microscopy technique. The meeting will be hosted by the physicist Andreas Volkmer from Stuttgart together with colleagues from the University of Constance and Innsbruck, and is organized in cooperation with the European Union research network (COST action MP0603).
Program and further details about the conference: http://igls2008.org.
More information from Dr. Andreas Volkmer, Tel. 0711/685-65236.
e-mail: a.volkmer@physik.uni-stuttgart.de
Source: University of Stuttgart