Electron Microscope

Oct 30 by

Once again, the professor in my physics seminar class has switched. Our last professor happened to be my academic advisor: Professor Samuel Amanuel. He specializes in phase transition of nano materials, reinforcement in polymers and polymer nanocomposites, and fabrication of nanostructures and nanopores. We spent our time with him working with the electron microscope. At its simplest, electron microscopes can magnify the target much more than optical telescopes due to the smaller wavelength of an electron compare to a visible photon. We imaged targets such as insect wings, pennies, computer chips, and cd’s. The process of focusing the image is long and challenging but the results are well worth the effore. Here are some images we captured:

Computer Chip












Insect Wing


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Xavier '16

Xavier Capaldi comes from a homestead in Northern Vermont where his family raises sheep, chickens, and rabbits. Xavier was homeschooled his entire life which allowed him to explore his interests fully before arriving at college. He is majoring in physics and minoring in nanotechnology. At Union, Xavier is the financial chair of the Beuth Council. He also plays rugby on the club team. Xavier's other interests include A-life, programming, cooking, gaming, knitting, and rpg's. His favorite books are The Scarlet Pimpernel by the Baroness Emmusca Orczy, Creation by Steve Grand, and 1984 by George Orwell. Xavier is performing research on s-looping in embryonic chick hearts using the Atomic Force Microscope.

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