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MPNS COST Action MP0603
Chemical imaging by means of CARS-microscopy (MicroCARS)

The aims of the proposed Action are to ascertain scientific exchange between European experts that have significantly contributed to the development of a novel laser-based microscopy method, Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) microscopy, and to establish it among a broader scientific community in nanobiotechnology. The Action has a highly interdisciplinary character: advanced physical light interaction mechanisms will be explored and employed to provide fundamental structural and chemical information on a nano-scale for the benefit of material and life sciences. CARS-microscopy allows visualization of molecules under natural conditions without the need for exogenous markers. Instead, their intrinsic vibrations are probed, carrying information on both molecular composition and physical state. CARS-microscopy is accomplished with exceptionally high 3-D resolution, through thick samples, and with negligible photo-damage thanks to the nonlinear character of the CARS process and probe beams in the near-infrared regime. The Action will demonstrate the potential of CARS-microscopy by compelling applications, involving 3-D mapping of the organization/dynamics of molecules in material and biological nanostructures.

Keywords: nonlinear optics, nano-science, functional imaging, laser-microscopy, Raman spectroscopy

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General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Prof Annika ENEJDER (SE)

Vice Chair of the Action:


Science officer of the Action:


Administrative officer of the Action:



Action Fact Sheet

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Memorandum of Understanding

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Final Report

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