Imaging on a Cellular and Stellar Level Wins the Andor Insight Awards Scientific imaging Competition
Belfast, Northern Ireland, 11 November 2010 — Andor Technology plc (Andor), a world leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, today announced that two visually stunning and scientifically captivating entries have won joint first place in the first ever Andor Insight Awards Scientific Imaging Competition. The winning entries were submitted by Dr David Jess and Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis’s of Queen’s University and Dr. Neil Ganem at Harvard University.
Left: Dr. Neil Ganem’s ‘multipolar spindle intermediate’.
Right: Dr David Jess and Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis’s entry is entitled ‘The Solar Cauldron
Dr David Jess and Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis’s entry is entitled ‘The Solar Cauldron’ which details the Sun’s turbulent and dynamic atmosphere. Acquired using an Andor iXon+ EMCCD and a 76cm telescope in the United States, the image provides an unprecedented view of magnetic field lines, as indicated by the dark straw-like structures present all over the field-of-view. Incredibly, these phenomena display supersonic motion, with velocities exceeding 30 km/s.
Dr. Neil Ganem’s of the David Pellman Lab in Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School entered a confocal image (in various colors) of a human cell with extra centrosomes passing through a transient ‘multipolar spindle intermediate’. It was captured on a Revolution XD Confocal Microscope System.
The winners finished ahead of over 100 other entries and were selected from a panel of expert judges from both life and physical science that included; Professor Tony Wilson of Oxford University, Dr. Sun of University of Alberta, Dr. Eduardo Rosa-Molinar University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Don Pollacco of Queen’s University and Donal Denvir from Andor Technology.
The Insight Awards focus on recognising the cutting edge research carried out by researches using Andor Technology equipment in the fields of Physical, Life Sciences Imaging and Spectroscopy. This year’s entries utilised the full spectrum of Andor and Bitplane products including spectrographs, EMCCD cameras, Confocal Microscope Systems and Imaris software.
“The scientific value and visual quality of this year’s entries truly highlights the cutting edge work carried out by researchers using Andor Technology equipment” said Dr Andrew Dennis, Director of Product Management. “The judge’s selection of winners from both physical and life sciences also provides an interesting insight into the significance of the researchers work across multiple disciplines.
For further information on the Insight Awards or to view more scientifically captivating and visually stunning scientific images, graphics and movies please visit www.andor.com/insight
Andor enables its customers to break new ground by performing light measurements previously considered impossible. With a portfolio spanning high-performance scientific digital cameras, spectrographs, and confocal microscopy systems, Andor is a world leader in scientific imaging, spectroscopy solutions and microscopy systems. More information about Andor Technology PLC (LSE: AND) is available at
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