The Tunneling Microscope: A New Look at the Atomic World

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Science  04 Apr 1986:
Vol. 232, Issue 4746, pp. 48-53
DOI: 10.1126/science.232.4746.48


A new instrument called the tunneling microscope has recently been developed that is capable of generating real-space images of surfaces showing atomic structure. These images offer a new view of matter on an atomic scale. The current capabilities and limitations and the physics involved in the technique are discussed along with specific results from a study of silicon crystal surfaces.