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Video: Scanning tunneling microscope gets upgrade that could enable atomic-scale fabrication

By April Gocha / March 7, 2018

In an effort to improve the scanning tunneling microscope, researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have pinpointed the problem that allows the microscope’s probe tip to crash into the sample it’s scanning and have devised a way to prevent it from happening.

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Video: Creating ultrasharp STM, AFM probes for superior resolution and durability

By / July 10, 2012

Researchers at the University of Illinois have literally made a pointed improvement in microscopic probe tips. Led by Joe Lyding, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, the investigators developed a new microscope probe-sharpening technique that can improve and retain the resolution of  scanning tunneling atomic force microscopy and improve the workflow by cutting tip replacement downtime. According…

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The world’s first controllable molecular gear

By / June 19, 2009

Researchers in Singapore have advanced the science of nanotechnology by becoming the first in the world to invent a molecular gear of only 1.2 nm in size whose rotation can be deliberately controlled. This achievement was published on June 14 in Nature Materials. The gear is made of carbon compounds and can freely rotate around…

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