Visualizing the 'invisible'

Moriarty, Philip (2015) Visualizing the 'invisible'. Leanardo, 48 (1). pp. 64-65. ISSN 1530-9282

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The ability of scientists to image and manipulate matter at the (sub)atomic scale is a result of stunning advances in microscopy. Foremost amongst these was the invention of the scanning probe microscope, which, despite its classification as a microscope, does not rely on optics to generate images. Instead, images are produced via the interaction of an atomically sharp probe with a surface. Here the author considers to what extent those images represent an accurate picture of ‘reality’ at a size regime where quantum physics holds sway, and where the image data can be acquired and manipulated in a variety of ways.

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Additional Information: Copyright MIT Press. Published in Leonardo, February 2015, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 64-65
Keywords: scientific visualization; scanning probe microscopy; imaging atoms; molecules; quantum physics
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
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Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 14:37
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:10

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