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Title: AFM
Description: In an atomic force microscope (AFM), force is measured by a laser beam (yellow in this artist's rendition) bouncing off the diving-board like cantilever. To make an ultrastable AFM, researchers at JILA added two other lasers (green and red) to measure the three dimensional position of both the tip and a reference mark in the sample. These measurements allow researchers to remove drift and vibration in the instrument's measurements caused by environmental factors.


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Julie Phillips
Subjects (names):
Topics/Categories: Physics--Atomic and Molecular Physics
Type: Graphic/illustration
Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Copyright: G.Kuebler/JILA/CU
AV Number: 09PHY006
Date Created: 2009
Date Entered: 3/24/2009

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