Virtual Microscope Project



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  • Imaging Technology Group



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The Virtual Microscope is a NASA-funded project that provides simulated scientific instrumentation for students and researchers worldwide as part of NASA's Virtual Laboratory initiative.

This site serves as home base for the Imaging Technology Group's contributions to that project—namely virtual microscopes and the multi-dimensional, high-resolution image datasets they view.Currently they provide 90 samples totaling over 62 gigapixels of image data.

The Virtual Microscope, which is available for free download supports functionality from electron, light, and scanning probe microscopes, datasets for these instrumentstraining materials to learn more about microscopyand other related tools. The project is open source and the code is available on Sourceforge.

Partners Outside the University of Illinois:

Partners Within the University of Illinois:

  • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology