IBM Atomic Shorts: History of the scanning tunneling microscope



See the world’s smallest movie at Want to know more about the scanning tunneling microscope? In this Atomic Short, an IBM scientist talks about IBM’s relationship with the STM, from its invention in the 1980s to present day. Learn more about atomic memory, data storage and big data at

7 Replies to “IBM Atomic Shorts: History of the scanning tunneling microscope”

  1. Do they still make STM styli by smashing diamonds then searching the debris for shards with 1 atom wide points?

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  3. I can't speak for IBM of course, but the most used method of preparing an STM tip is just simply by cutting a piece of tungsten or platinum/iridium wire under an angle while pulling. If you do this properly, you have a very high sucess rate of getting a atomically sharp tip. 

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