Atomic-Force-Microscopy-Based Nanomanipulation Systems

Authored by: Cagdas D. Onal , Onur Ozcan , Metin Sitti

Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075465
eBook ISBN: 9781420075496
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420075496-52

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Abstract

We have witnessed an ever-explosive growth of technology dealing with smaller and smaller scales in the past few decades. The quality of working with small scales that attracts more and more researchers to the field is the promise that, one day, it will be possible to build matter from the bottom. The resulting structures will have tuned properties that surpass any material we have ever encountered in the macro domain. Since defects are expected to decrease with decreasing scale, materials might display a different behavior at small scales. For instance, if properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be somehow translated to larger scales, materials with super-strength and/or superconductivity can be achieved. These materials will be much stronger but much lighter than steel, making them instant ideal candidates for building mechanical structures that need to resist large amounts of stresses, possibly for prolonged periods of time.

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