Scanning Tunnelling Microscope, Cambridge, England, 1986

Made:
1986 in England, Cambridge and Cambridge and
maker:
W A Technology Limited

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Scanning Tunnelling Microscope made by W.A. Technology Ltd., Cambridge, England, 1986. This is the first STM to be produced commercially.

Scanning Tunnelling Microscopes (STMs) were first developed in 1986. STMs allowed scientists to see individual atoms for the first time. STMs work when electrons ‘jump’ between the microscope and what is being examined. Unfortunately, microscopes that use electrons can damage what is being investigated. STM technology was developed by Gerd Binnig (b. 1947) and Heinrich Rohrer (b. 1933). They won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1986. Made by W A Technology Ltd in Cambridge, England, this model was the first commercially produced Scanning Tunnelling Microscope.

Details

Category:
Microscopes
Object Number:
1989-576
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), electronic components, glass, metal (unknown), paint, plastic (unidentified) and possibly ceramic
type:
scanning tunnelling microscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • scientific equipment
  • scanning probe microscope
credit:
W A Technology Limited