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Tip-top imaging

Images of nanoscale structures can be constructed using the flow of electrons ejected from a metal probe tip by a fast laser pulse. The technique adds new dimensions to established methods of microscopy.

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Figure 1: Tip and flow.


Figure 2: Into the groove.



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Batelaan, H., Uiterwaal, K. Tip-top imaging. Nature 446, 500–501 (2007).

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