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Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) is a branch of microscopy that forms images of surfaces using a physical probe that scans the specimen. An image of the surface is obtained by mechanically moving the probe in a raster scan of the specimen, line by line, and recording the probe-surface interaction as a function of position.
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A Primer on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM)
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04 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ron Reifenberger
Scanning Probe Microscopes and their remarkable ability to provide three-dimensional maps of surfaces at the nanometer length scale have arguably been the most important tool in establishing the …
Scanning Probe Microscope Piezoelectric Crystals
16 Nov 2005 | Animations | Contributor(s): John C. Bean
In this resource we disassemble the piezoelectric assembly of a scanning probe microscope. At its core is a white cylinder of the piezoelectric material. If you look closely, it has a granular …
Scanning Probe Microscope Operation
Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPMs) include Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs) and Scanning Tunneling Microscopes (STMs or STEMs). They are the only instruments in widespread use that can actually "see" …
Introduction to Molecular Conduction
21 Jul 2005 | Learning Modules | Contributor(s): Ferdows Zahid, Magnus Paulsson, Avik Ghosh, Supriyo Datta
A scanning probe microscope brushes the tips of molecules rising up from a gold substrate. After making contact, the probe measures a very strange current-voltage relationship--linear portions …
What is a Nanometer?
02 Apr 2005 | Animations | Contributor(s): EPICS LSPM Team
Join Laura and Martin on a wild ride through the milliworld and the microworld to reach the nanoworld. Along the way, they discover how small a nanometer truly is.
Nanotechnology is not just a topic for physicists, chemists, and engineers. Laura explains the important role of biologists in this field, and shows how they may help provide clues to molecular …
Scanning Probe Microscopes
15 Mar 2005 | Animations | Contributor(s): EPICS LSPM Team
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 …
Feasibility of Molecular Manufacturing
14 Mar 2005 | Animations | Contributor(s): EPICS LSPM Team
Martin and Laura have an interesting debate about the feasibility of Molecular Manufacturing. Can molecular assemblers be developed to create new materials, new devices, and even macroscopic …
Nanomanufacturing: Top-Down and Bottom-Up
Martin presents an overview of nanomanufacturing techniques, explaining the difference between top-down and bottom-up approaches.
Probing Molecular Conduction with Scanning Probe Microscopy
08 Jul 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Hersam
This tutorial will provide an overview of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and its application towards problems in molecular conduction. In an effort to communicate the power and limitations of …
Haptic Interfaces to Scanning Probe Microscopy
21 Apr 2004 | Notes | Contributor(s): Daniel Wilhelm
2003 SURI Conference Proceedings
Nanoelectronics/Mechanics With Carbon Nanotubes
26 Feb 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ji-Yong Park
In this talk, I will present efforts to understand electrical/mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by combining electric transport measurements and the scanning probe microscopy.
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