Microscale structure observation and characteristics study are crucial in the investigation and research in a variety of fields such as materials, biology specimen and particles. As 200nm has typically been the barrier for common optical microscope resolving power, the solutions to study sub-200nm structures have been mainly electron microscopes and confocal microscopes. However, both technologies usually require significant cost and are vulnerable to the short lifecycles of certain key components critical to the systems. Moreover, the complex or specially processed sample observation settings substantially limit the scope of applications of these solutions and techniques.
The developed technology not only achieves up to 137nm resolution, it also allows for a more affordable adoption of this microscopy technology by a diverse sector of users, ranging from laboratories use to being applicable in material, biochemistry and semi-conductor fields.
The developed microscope utilises patented microsphere technology, increasing the resolution to sub-200nm.
According to Grand View Research, the global market size of super-resolution microscopes is valued at USD 2.8 billion in 2018, projected to increase at a CAGR of 11.7% between 2019 to 2026. The market drivers are likely due to technology advancements, increasing focus on nanotechnology as well as the rise of application in the life science industry. Hence, there is a significant potential market opportunity for super-resolution microscopes.