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Issue 480, 22 April 2002

First in 1943 and today

The Leeds electron microscopy and spectroscopy centre has been relaunched, following the purchase of new equipment worth 1.5m. The centre, a collaboration between materials and earth sciences, provides state-of-the-art facilities for academic research and local industry.

Centre director Dr Rik Bryson said: "The University gained one of the first electron microscopes from the War Cabinet in 1943, and since then has been among the leaders in the field. The new equipment will allow us to image samples at much higher resolutions – down to atomic lengthscales – and perform chemical analysis from areas of the size of a few tens of atoms across."

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