TelePresence Microscopy (TPM)
TelePresence Microscopy (TPM) enables on-line cooperation between scientists, utilization of unique instrumentation by researchers who may not have access to such resources, and training of students of different levels. Video signals from the microscope (specimen view, detectors or peripheral instrumentation) are fed into a server, and can be directly accessed via a web browser capable of server push technology (such as Netscape).
Remote control is possible by sending instructions for magnification, movement of the specimen and focus using the web page interface. A control server sends this information into the microscope and the remote user can get instant feedback. Additionally, video conferencing allows for discussion between local and remote parties. The local user determines whether the microscope session is open or closed to the general public for viewing, and if the remote user may have remote control. Sharing of data is also possible on-line.
The Electron Microscopy Laboratory located at the Department of Materials Engineering at the Technion, serves faculty and students within the Technion, as well as from other institutions and local industry. The facilities include computerized light microscopy (LM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In addition, a complete specimen preparation laboratory is included within the framework of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory. Project consultation provided by Argonne National Laboratory, USA.