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Development of Observation and Fabrication Support System for Ultra Fine Object

Innovative nanotechnologies for detection, machining, measurement, and production of nanosized objects are developed for medical, agricultural, biological science, chemistry, and industry.

3-1 Nano Imaging Technique for Clarifying Biofunction

Professor Yoshimasa KawataProject Leader:
Professor Yoshimasa Kawata, Faculty of Engineering, Shizuoka University
URL http://optsci.eng.shizuoka.ac.jp

New opt-electronic microscope having high resolution of smaller than 10 nanometers is under development for imaging of living biological specimens. It is built by combining the best features of optical-microscope and electromicroscopes to take the image of a biological specimen in living condition and with very high magnification provided by electron microscopes.
Nano Imaging Technique for Clarifying Biofunction
A laser light beam is radiated to the specimen. Electrons emitted from the photoelectric film surface according to the intensity of light penetrating through the specimen is magnified and focused to project the enlarged image on a display.

3-2 Nano Machining System Coupled with Optical Manipulator

Associate Professor Futoshi IwataProject Leader:
Associate Professor Futoshi Iwata, Faculty of Engineering, Shizuoka University
URL http://tf2a14.eng.shizuoka.ac.jp/

Scanning probe microscopes (SPM) and atomic force microscopes (AFM) have a function as a knife in nano-scale machining. They can process nano-scale machining. A laser manipulator has a function as tweezers for nano-scale objects. They can pick and handle ultra small objects. AFM Micromachine Tools The developed device is a new integrated machine of new scanning probe microscope systems with machining and manipulator functions. The device is used for an inspection and processing machine for nano-sized objects. The great possibility of using the device is expected for many applications in industry and bio-fields.

3-3 Detection and 3D Imaging of Ultra Small Object using Superconducting Magnetic Sensor

Professor Saburo TanakaProject Leader:
Professor Saburo Tanaka, Department of Ecological Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology,
URL http://www.eco.tut.ac.jp/%7Etanakas/tanakas.html

New device is currently under development to detect extremely tiny metal substances that is not detected by conventional technology. The device is the SQUID (super-conducting quantum interference device) having extremely high sensitivity of 1 billionth of the magnetism of earth.
Superconducting Magnetic Sensor
This high sensitivity, for example, allows detecting tiny metallic contaminants in lithium batteries used in PC, cell phones, and cars that cause operating failures and sparks, etc. The technology of the high sensitive SQUID also helps reduce the size of NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) equipment.

3-4 Nanostructure Embedded Phosphor Particles and Ultra-High-Output UV Source

Professor Kazuhiko HaraProject Leader:
Professor Kazuhiko Hara, Research Institute of Electronics, Shizuoka University
URL http://ny7084.rie.shizuoka.ac.jp/active-display/

New flat panels of ultraviolet high-output source are currently under development, using electron beam excitation of UV phosphor particle of sub-micrometer diameter. Each particle has numerous atomic sized dots such as GaN (gallium nitride) inlaid in the particle.
FIG. 1: Nanostructure with Embedded Phosphor Particles This ultraviolet light source will serve as a safe substitute for the currently used mercury lamps needed in many applications in industrial and medical treatment fields, etc.