atomic force microscope

noun

Definition of atomic force microscope

: an instrument used for mapping the atomic-scale topography of a surface by means of the repulsive electronic forces between the surface and the tip of a microscope probe moving above the surface abbreviation AFM

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Recent Examples on the Web Gerd Binnig shared the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience in 2016 for inventing the atomic force microscope. Scientific American Custom Media, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2021 This tiny arm with a shard from a smashed needle was the first version of what would become known as the atomic force microscope, or AFM. Scientific American Custom Media, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2021 To examine the microstructure of sidewinder scales, her team used an atomic force microscope to scan naturally shed snake skins, provided by institutions such as the Atlanta Zoo. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2021 The electrons follow wires etched onto an interface using an atomic force microscope. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 17 Feb. 2020 The chemists then used the tip of an atomic force microscope to zap off the CO groups, eventually removing them all to create their 18-carbon ring (simulated above). Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of atomic force microscope

1986, in the meaning defined above

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atomic force microscope

noun

Medical Definition of atomic force microscope

: an instrument used for mapping the atomic-scale topography of a surface by means of the repulsive electronic forces between the surface and the tip of a microscopic probe moving above the surface abbreviation AFM

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