Scanning Microscopy


We imaged uncoated neuron networks by an atomic force microscope in the repulsive regime of contact mode. Images of granule cells and their axons have been clearly revealed with details smaller than 20 nm. The good stability of the sample and the mechanical reproducibility of the microscope allowed the imaging of a neuron culture area of several square microns. By combining tens of images, we were able to reconstruct a highly defined neuronal network. Furthermore, the images were very reproducible over repeated scanning acquisition, demonstrating the mechanical and thermal stability of the instrument-sample system.

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