The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras today launched a Rs 40 crore remotely operable miscroscope, claimed to be the world's first of its kind, that would enable precise view of atoms of a material.
The Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) had been developed in a collaborative exercise involving eight top research institutions in the country, spearheaded by IIT-M, a statement from the institute said.
Though there were several such devices available across world, the LEAP inaugurated at IIT-Madras was the first one that can be operated through a special terminal by researchers divided geographically, it said.
Special terminals to access the device have been set up in all the eight partner institutions. IITs of Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Ropar along with International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) are the partner institutions who contributed Rs 2 crore each for the project.
DST Secretary Prof Ashutosh Sharma was among those present at the inauguration of the device. Sharma said the government would announce policies on maintenance and sharing of science infrastructure, such as the LEAP, across the country so that they can be used by a large number of people.
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