LEAP Microscope to Enable Precise View of Atoms


IIT-Madras launched remotely operable LEAP microscope in collaboration with eight other prestigious institutes of the country

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras launched the Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) microscope which is remotely operable. It is alleged to be the world’s first of its kind with an estimated cost of Rs 40 crores, that would enable the precise view of atoms of the material.

Can be operated through a special terminal

It had been developed in a collaborative exercise involving eight research institutes in the country where special terminals have been set up in all eight allied institutions to access the device. Though there were several such devices available across the world, the LEAP microscope inaugurated at IIT-Madras was the first one that can be operated through a special terminal by researchers divided geographically.

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.

Besides this, the Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS) had contributed Rs 3 crore. It is said that the remaining funds came from the Department of Science and Technology’s Nano-mission.

Researchers also claimed that 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.