scanning tunneling microscope

noun

Definition of scanning tunneling microscope

: a microscope that makes use of the phenomenon of tunneling electrons to map the positions of individual atoms in a surface or to move atoms around on a surface

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The cars will be powered by electron pulses from a scanning tunneling microscope. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Nanocars Will Race Across (a Very, Very Tiny Bit of) France," 31 Mar. 2017

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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