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Scanning Probe Microscopes


Purdue University



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Laura explains how scanning probe microscopes can be used to create images of small devices, molecules, and even atoms! A large-scale version of the scanning probe microscope is built out of Legos to show the basic principles.



Brought to you by the Lego Scanning Probe Microscope team, an EPICS project at Purdue University.

The LSPM team's goal is to teach a wide audience the underlying principles driving the world-wide interest in nanotechnology by creating FLASH animations geared toward all ages and illustrating how a scanning probe microscope can be used to study objects at the nanometer scale.

This animation is part of a museum exhibit developed for the Children's Museums. For more information about this exhibit please visit the Lego SPM website.

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • EPICS LSPM Team (2005), "Scanning Probe Microscopes,"

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