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Atom optics for non-destructive nanoscale surface microscopy

Funded under: FP6-NEST


Using advances in nanotechnology, a European research team proposes to improve on an imaging technique they pioneered. A microscope will be built, suitable for surface studies down to 20 nm, and will be tested to study the topography of glass. Although the experiments are primarily for scientific interest, if successful they will prove very useful to industry. The instrument is likely to have a tremendous impact on science since it will open novel opportunities for study - such as fragile biological probes or metastable materials - since samples will not require pre-treatment and will remain undamaged during analysis.

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