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Super Scope
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FINE POINT: Robert Goddard, research specialist with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, sits at the console of a new Zeiss scanning electron/ion microscope within FSU's Applied Superconductivity Center in the renovated Shaw Building at Innovation Park. The $1.2M machine, one of two now installed in specially engineered microscope rooms, will be used to examine—as well as to machine—exotic materials that the center is designed to fashion into the most efficient superconducting wires ever made. Such wire has enormous potential for revolutionizing an array of technologies in research and industry. These microscopes can simultaneously focus beams of both electrons and gallium ions to achieve the highest-resolution images achieved in a scanning electron microscope-down to one nanometer, or one-billionth of a meter. (For comparison, a typical human hair is roughly 80,000 nanometers wide.) The new center is on schedule to be fully operational this fall. —F.S.