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scanning tunneling microscope


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A microscope that scans the surface of a sample with a beam of electrons, causing a narrow channel of tunneling electrons to flow between the sample and the beam, and producing three-dimensional images of atomic topography and structure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device used to form an image of the surface of a conductor or semiconductor with atomic resolution.


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