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Analytical Systems, Electron Microscopes & Medical Systems


Micro Garden

Micro Garden

© Masanari Furiki, Masamichi Shiono, Hiroyuki Ito, Yukari Dan, Masako Nishimura (Hitachi Science Systems, Ltd.)
© Takatoshi Onoe (Faculty of Human Studies, Taisei Gakuin University)

This is an observation example of surface of a leaf with star-shaped hair, using low vacuum SEM and a cool stage. This star-shaped hair prevents the surface from drying as adjustment transpiration ability. The mystery of the natural world is surprising us when we think of the beauty of the structures and the importance of the role that they play. The each star-shaped hair seems blooming flowers and surface of a leaf seems like a flower garden, doesn't it?

2nd Prize. At 61st photo contest hosted by the Japanese Society of Microscopy in 2005.


  • Specimen: Stellate hair of goumi leaf
  • Instrument: Scanning Electron Microscope S-3500N+Coolstage
  • Magnification: × 50
  • Accelerating voltage : 15kV
  • Chamber pressure: 40 Pa
  • Specimen stage temperature: -20°C
  • Specimen: Courtesy of Professor Takatoshi Onoe (Faculty of Human Studies, Taisei Gakuin University)
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This work was presented at the "photo contest" hosted by the Japanese Society of Microscopy.
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