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2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Scientists long believed that optical microscopy would never be able to resolve distances smaller than half the wavelength of light, 0.2 micrometres. The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists — Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner — who broke that limit, bringing optical microscopy down to the nanoscale by exploiting the fluorescence or glow of molecules in response to light.

In celebration, NPG is making available a range of articles from its journal archives that capture and reflect their remarkable achievements. Due to their impact and importance the research articles in the Highlights section will be free to access for a month.

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