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The origin of the FOM conference series were the three-dimensional imaging capabilities of confocal microscopy, together with the associated 3D image processing. Recently the technology for Optical microscopy has been progressing with the development of opto-electronic technologies such as femtosecond lasers, nanometric precision scanners and stages, and highly sensitive photo-detectors, together with the development of digital image processing for three-dimensional real-time full-color digital movies. Nonlinear optical microscopy including multi-photon excited fluorescence microscopy, time-resolved micro-spectroscopy, and second-harmonic and coherent anti-Stokes Raman are making imaging based on new contrasts like molecular composition possible. High-resolution Microscopy, including near-field scanning optical microscopy, four-pi confocal microscopy, and coherence probe microscopy also constitute a major research topic in the field of microscopy.

These conferences offer a most efficient meeting point for developers and users working in these rapidly evolving fields and play an important role in the dissemination of information about new developments with special attention to live cell imaging and manipulation. A technical exhibition will show the most recent developments in microscopy and associated techniques.