Physics World Focus on: Nanotechnology
Techniques and tools for the nanoscale
This focus issue of Physics Worldexplores some of the latest research in nanoscience and technology. With 2016 marking the 30th anniversary of the atomic force microscope (AFM) and also the award of a Nobel prize for the scanning tunnelling microscope, we review the immense achievements of these tools in the nano-arena and speak to AFM co-inventor Christoph Gerber. We also survey IBM’s efforts to build the next technology node for the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, explore the science made possible by nano-sized synchrotron X-ray beams, and report on a new European project that is harnessing nanotechnology to preserve art.
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