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Toward a New DimensionExploring the Nanoscale$
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Anne Marcovich and Terry Shinn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198714613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714613.001.0001

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Worlds of Nanophysics

Worlds of Nanophysics

(p.51) 2 Worlds of Nanophysics
Toward a New Dimension

Anne Marcovich

Terry Shinn

Oxford University Press

The introduction of scanning probe microscopy to scientific research sparked a “gold rush” over the next fifteen years in which hundreds and then thousands of publications were produced on nano instrumentation. Massive research also focused on the surface topography, properties, and behavior of single molecules. The capacity of nano instruments to control materials and to tailor them has led to the development of a new nanoscale specialty, epitaxy. In nanoscale scientific research, new horizons of collaborations functioned between epitaxy and metrological experimentation. For the first time, questions are not limited by the dictates of nature; artificial objects are designed and constructed in response to questions. In this effort, numerical simulation and metrological experimentation often work together—an instance of a combinatorial.

Keywords:   gold rush, metrology, numerical simulation, collaborations, combinatorials, research objects

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