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Analytical Systems, Electron Microscopes & Medical Systems


Pearl flower

© Mari Sakaue, Masamichi Shiono, Eiko Nakazawa (Hitachi High-Tech Corporation)

This is an anaglyph of the SEM image of mold on a bread. Mold spores like pearls form lines which were prepared by infiltrating 5% IL1000 (ionic liquid) from the bread side. These spores can be clearly seen without destruction. The treatment of the IL1000 are useful for conductivity in a high vacuum environment and shortage of the preparation time. This picture reminds us of one flower blooming in the field powerfully.

At 70th photo contest hosted by the Japanese Society of Microscopy in 2014.


  • Specimen: The mold grown on a bread
  • Instrument: Scanning Electron Microscope SU3500
  • Magnification : X 850
  • Accelerating voltage : 2.0 kV
This work was presented at the "photo contest" hosted by the Japanese Society of Microscopy.
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