This week some of Canooies had the privilege visiting one of Basel University’s physics research laboratories. There we were given a fascinating tour of the lab by its head Professor Martino Poggio. Prior to entering the lab Martino described some of the theory behind the lab’s principal focus, which is Nanoscale magnetic resonance imaging.
What we encountered was a world of extremes. The techniques Martino and his team are developing may one day give us accurate 3D images of entire molecules, such as proteins. To obtain view of such tiny entities, samples are placed on miniscule springboards, the length of which substantially less than the width of a human hair!
If that weren’t challenging enough, measurements need to take place at temperatures approaching absolute zero – that’s a chilling minus 270°C!
Many thanks Martino for providing us with some fascinating insights into your cutting-edge experiments!
For more information on the lab’s work, check out Martino’s site here.
Marc Hermann (Canoo) and Guenter Losert (Canoo)
Per Junel (Canoo) and Martino
Some happy “students”