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Magnetic microscope puts electrons in a spin

Funded under: FP6-NEST


Electron microscopes can study materials in unrivalled detail but, unlike competing x-ray methods, they cannot map magnetic fields. CHIRALTEM sets out to confirm a surprise discovery that an ordinary transmission electron microscope can be adapted to sense magnetic fields in a specimen. If successful, the project could open the way to mapping the magnetic structure of surfaces and thin layers at nanometre scales and could have an impact in nanotechnology, especially in the new field of 'spintronics'.

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