MRI: The Quest for Atomic Resolution
Featuring Mladen Barbic, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
California State University, Long Beach
Location: Engineering Lecture Hall (ELH) Room 110
In their 1973 pioneering paper, Professor Sir Peter Mansfield and colleagues described their first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) experiments. Since then, MRI has evolved rapidly and has become a tremendous tool in medicine and materials science. Their original and visionary article poses some fundamental questions about the limits of MRI and even ponders the possibility of atomic resolution. Today, spatial resolution in MRI is approximately one micrometer, still very far from atomic resolution. It is an interesting question to ask again, more than three decades after the original article: Is atomic resolution MRI possible today? Barbic will present the case that the developments in modern magnetic nanostructures and ultra-sensitive instrumentation can provide the magnetic fields and sensitivities required to achieve atomic resolution. Topics that he will describe include: a) nanomagnetic planar MRI ‘Lenses’; b) composite nanowire-based probes for mechanical detection of magnetic resonance; c) magnetic nanoparticle amplification of magnetic resonance signals; and, d) magnetic resonance tomography using ferromagnetic nanospheres.
Barbic received his B.S. in Physics in 1995, and Ph.D. in Physics in 2000 from the