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Scanning Helium Microscope AR

The University of Newcastle, Australia

Designed for iPad

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    • Free



The application displays an augmented reality model of the the SHeM (Scanning Helium Microscope). This version is for demonstration at the Royal Society Summer Science Expo 2019, Monday 1 July - Sunday 7 July at 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London

To display the interactive model, use this app to look through your device camera at the image targets available from

The Centre for Organic Electronics at Newcastle, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and with support through the Australian National Fabrication Facilities (ANFF) network, has been at the forefront of the development of a new instrument known as the Scanning Helium Microscope or SHeM. While existing microscopes utilising energetic beams of particles or light provide an excellent means of viewing structures down to the nanoscale, delicate materials are easily damaged under exposure to such beams. Furthermore, the charged nature of the probes presents difficulties when imaging with electric or magnetic fields, or for insulating materials where the addition of a conductive coating is not desirable. As a result, a wide range of samples including biological structures, adsorbate layers, explosives, or the polymers used in the creation of organic photovoltaics and thin film transistors have their experimental time severely restricted and the veracity of the resultant images called into question.

What’s New

Version 1.6

Performance improvements

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