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Olympus America pic copy 3Olympus’ new 3-D laser confocal scanning microscope makes testing and research easier for manufacturers.
By Jim Harris

One of the world’s oldest manufacturers of microscopes and other optical equipment is leading the way in its industry by thinking small. Olympus’ new LEXT® OLS5000 3D laser confocal scanning microscope will make it easier for researchers and other users to see details at a nano level.

“This is the new flagship system of our industrial microscope product line,” says Guangnan Meng, product manager of industrial microscopy for Olympus’ Scientific Solutions Group. “This system is so special because it has a very high resolution, and is designed to detect 3-D structures on a sample in great detail.

“Most optical microscopes have a resolution of up to 300 nanometers, which is the wavelength of visible light,” Meng notes. “The OLS5000 is unique because it can reach down to the single nanometer level of resolution.”