Scanning Tunneling Microscope (1986 Nobel Prize Winner)       

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Scanning Tunneling Microscope (1986 Nobel Prize Winner) - overview


Physics Accomplishment | 1978

IBM researchers: Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer

Where the work was done: IBM Zurich Research Lab

What we accomplishedBinning and Rohrer invented the Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM), which provides vastly higher magnification than traditional optical microscopes. Paraphrasing Wikipedia: "STM is an instrument for imaging surfaces at the atomic level. Thanks to STM, individual atoms within materials are now routinely imaged and manipulated."

Related links: 1986 Nobel Prize Press Release, Wikipedia article on Scanning Tunneling Microscopes

Image credit: By Royce Hunt M0RHI - ow, CC BY-SA 2.5 A close-up of a simple scanning tunneling microscope head using a platinum–iridium tip.

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