Solar and cellular images win scientific imaging competition

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Dr David Jess and Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis of Queen's University and Dr Neil Ganem at Harvard University have won joint first place in the first ever Andor Insight Awards Scientific Imaging Competition.

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 US, 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. These phenomena display supersonic motion, with velocities exceeding 30km/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 colours) 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 more than 100 other entries and were selected from a panel of expert judges from both life and physical science. 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.

'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.'

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