The team aims to deliver high speed imaging capability on the microsecond time-scale to explore the dynamical response of biological materials. A picture is worth a 1000 words, but a high-speed video is worth 1000’s of times more. By capturing dynamic events as they unfold in video, we will enable scientists with the method to analyse processes that are currently painstakingly frozen into samples step-by-step. The Harwell Hub’s electron source has been designed by the JEOL R&D team and will enable the needed electron flux for faster imaging in conjunction with direct electron detectors.
Ample opportunity also exists for eventual translation into a range of new diagnostic or therapeutic methods in the clinic. For example, developing acousto-optic imaging of living tissue could allow it to be used as a tool for real-time guidance of high intensity focused ultrasound cancer therapy. Or new innovations in photoacoustic imaging could extend its utility to tissue characterisation for biopsies, wound healing, therapy monitoring and many more.