June 06, 2006
Other analysis could be combined with material grown on an AFM tip
More analysis could be performed on any nanotubes or molecules grown on a cantilevered AFM tip. Imago Scientific Instruments has developed a tool in 2005 called LEAP(R) that can analyze many cubic nanometers of a sample, telling the position and isotope of each individual atom. The system can determine the position and type of each atom with approximately 0.2 nm resolution. The method uses strong electric fields to pull (usually) one atom at a time off of the sample.