It’s a huge day for the field of single molecule spectroscopy and microscopy: the announcement was just made that the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and W. E. Moerner for their work on the “development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”!
The Woehl Lab is using the powerful tools that W. E. Moerner and Eric Betzig helped develop on a daily basis in their laser spectroscopy and imaging lab at UWM. Prof. Woehl did his post-doctoral research from 1996-1999 at the University of Bordeaux in France with Michel Orrit (who together with W. E. Moerner had pioneered the field of single molecule spectroscopy around 1990). During this time, he worked with graduate student Yannig Durand on the fabrication of a near-field scanning optical microscope for the imaging of single molecules, a novel instrument that Eric Betzig had used shortly after Moerner and Orrit's ground-breaking work to image nano-objects and even single molecules at an optical resolution beyond the diffraction limit.
Congratulations, and thank you, to this year’s Nobel Prize Winners and all of those who have shaped this fascinating field of research!
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