Professor Umran Inan

Winter 2001-2002

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Time: 4:15-5:30 PM; Refreshments at 4:00 PM
Location: Bldg. 320, Rm #221

Scanning Probes and the Nanoscale Era

Prof. Calvin Quate
Applied Physics, Stanford University


Nanoscale science and technology is being advanced with a National Initative and with strong research funding from federal sources. We will use example from these two areas to illustrate the probes have been adapted to support the nanoscale era. Nanoscale devices are being proposed to continue the trend in microelectronics and provide the next generation of devices. NanoElectroMechanical (NEMS) devices are being proposed to extend MEMS into this new era.

Although the scanning probes, themselves, do not represent nanoscale instruments they do provide us with a means of investigating this region. The probes are used to both image nanoscale objects and to fabricate nanoscale features. In our talk we will discuss how the probes are being modified to accomodate the new regime and how they are being used to investigate this area.