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Scanning Tunneling Microscope

As Nobel Laureates Binnig and Rohrer explain, their breakthroughs came about practically by happenstance, but only after a lengthy period of experimentation. Over time, the scanning tunneling microscope and its successor, the atomic force microscope, became essential devices for nanotechnology research and manufacturing. They’ve enabled today’s emerging advancements and will continue to bring forth as yet unimagined breakthroughs.