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What will higher resolution microscopes see?

  1. Dec 14, 2014 #1


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    The Nature article http://www.nature.com/news/microscopy-hasten-high-resolution-1.16393 talks about the importance of the higher resolution microscopes: "Build precision microscopes to map atoms", and "To truly understand materials' chemical and physical properties, atomic arrangements need to be mapped with much greater precision. Resolutions of 0.1 Å — the goal set by physicist Richard Feynman in his 1959 American Physical Society lecture, 'There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom'"

    These type of pictures of Graphene from ibm are pretty common:

    What kind of picture will we see as resolution becomes 10x better? Are there some examples out there already?
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  3. Dec 14, 2014 #2


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    That is not an image of the microscope. It is a computer-generated image to visualize the actual measurements.
    On that scale, quantum mechanics becomes relevant and the measurements depend on the way you measure. And the computer-generated images additionally depend on the visualization technique. There is no "image with a 10x better resolution".
  4. Jan 7, 2015 #3
    I saw a microscope installation that explores a dimension not mentioned by Feyman - time A sub-picosec high res TEM can map dynamic processes on an atomic scale
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