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Press release: Full 3-D image of nanocrystals' interior created by shining X-rays through them

7 July 2006

A vital step towards the ultimate goal of being able to take 'photographs' of individual molecules in action has been achieved by an international team led by UCL researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

They report in the journal 'Nature' on a novel method of obtaining a full 3-D image of the interior of nanocrystals. Using a process known as coherent X-ray diffraction imaging, they were able to build a picture of the inside of nanocrystals by measuring and inverting diffraction patterns.

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