A quantum microscope, an electron microscope that’s the size of a laptop computer, has been created by scientists in a bid to find hidden signals in the electron spectrum.
The researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQO) in Germany are the first to demonstrate the technique in a high-resolution electron microscope image.
The new method could be used to probe hidden signal in the electrons in materials with high electron density, which may help researchers identify new materials for electronics and biofuels.
“The most important part is that we are able to detect hidden signals and also to study their properties,” says Joerg Kallman, the MPQO’s chief scientist and a physicist.
“Our method is much faster than using other methods.
It’s possible to image very large areas in a short time and at a very low resolution.”
The new technique could lead to the development of a quantum quantum imaging system that is able to image objects of higher dimensional and/or higher electron density than any currently available imaging system.
This would enable researchers to create new materials with a better electron density profile, or to study hidden structures in the atomic structure of the materials.
Kallmann’s group developed the quantum imaging technique after studying the properties of the quasiparticle material, which is a material made up of two quasicrystals and an atom.
It has been used to image large areas of a quasiconvapor.
“We thought that we could use a quantum microscope to study the structure of these two quanta, which would allow us to identify the shape of the quantum particle in a different way,” says Kallmeister.
The team then made the first measurements with the quantum microscope on the quantum quasicoat, a material with a very small size, called the atomic layer, and discovered that it has a characteristic of an electron beam that is much higher in density than a conventional scanning electron microscope.
This was confirmed by measuring the density of the electron beam using a conventional electron microscope with a resolution of 10 nanometers.
The quantum electron microscopes also have a high resolution, which means that they can be used for imaging at higher resolutions.
The technique could be useful for building high-density materials, which are harder to study than lower density materials.
“This technique could allow us in the future to create high-energy quantum electronic devices that are smaller and more compact than current technologies,” says lead researcher Michael Gertsch, who is also a professor of physics at the University of Bern.
Koppelman says that the researchers have been able to use a very high resolution of the technique with a relatively low energy consumption, which gives them a chance to learn how to design the quantum electron imaging system and to understand how it works.
“With a high quality electron microscope, we can now make measurements with very high sensitivity,” says Gertsch.
“For example, a quasar with a high energy, or a supernova, or even a galaxy, will have a very large and very dense electron beam.
We are trying to make the same thing with the electron microscope.”
The next step for the team is to further investigate the quantum quantum electron scanning system in a new light source that can take a snapshot of the atoms and quasics and then produce a picture of the material.
“There are a lot of interesting ideas for using quantum computing, so the idea is to build a quantum computer with the best materials and the best resolution,” Kallmann says.
The research was published online on April 10 in Nature Photonics.