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From circuit design and specialty Si-processing to seeing atoms

For the first time ever, scientists are able to visualize structures at atomic-level resolution. Their tool is a Thermo Fisher Scientific Transmission Electron Microscope with a Falcon 4i Direct Electron Detector camera inside. The beating heart of this camera is a Direct Electron image sensor built by imec.

  • In November 2020, for the first time, scientists could visualize individual atoms in a protein.
  • The tool they used was the Thermo Scientific Falcon 4 Direct Electron Detector. 
  • Every aspect of the chip development and manufacturing process of the image sensor chip inside the Thermo Scientific Falcon 4i – circuit design, Si-processing, testing and delivery – is handled by imec.
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