atomic force microscope

noun

: 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
atomic force microscopy noun

Examples of atomic force microscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The technique uses an atomic force microscope to form indentations in a two-layer stack of atomically thin materials. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Sep. 2023 In the first image, taken with an atomic force microscope, lobes or waves are observed. Matías A. Loewy, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2023 Working with rat neurons grown in a petri dish in the laboratory, the team artificially connected two neurons using an atomic force microscope and tiny, polystyrene spheres. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2016 This artist rendering is based on an image of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) taken with an atomic force microscope (AFM). Discover Magazine, 23 Feb. 2018 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of atomic force microscope was in 1986

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Medical Definition

atomic force microscope

noun
: 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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