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Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies: Track 1

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How do you see the invisible? Today, mechanical, electrical, chemical and biological engineering of ‘small worlds’ is revolutionising our lives. Atomic Force Microscopes are an important tool when creating engineering solutions on the micro and nano scale. The 4 video tracks on this album examine the AFM's engineering and operation, explain how it can be adapted for a wide range of applications and describe its use in the life sciences and semiconductor industries. This material forms part of T356 Engineering Small Worlds – Micro and Nano Technologies.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Atomic Force Microscope

How it works and what it can do. A close look at it's probe, using an electron microscope.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Atomic Force Microscope    How it works and what it can do. A close look at it's probe, using an electron microscope. Play now Atomic Force Microscope
2 Types of tip    A wide range of applications: companies that specialise in scanning probe microscopy use different types of tip to create atomic resolution images. Play now Types of tip
3 Semiconductor Industry    Imaging large samples. How to get precise dimensions of any surface. The AFM uses specially designed tips that are replaced automatically. Play now Semiconductor Industry
4 Life Science Applications    Cancer Research. Looking at materials under fluid. Force Distance Spectroscopy explained and demonstrated. Play now Life Science Applications

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