Materials Research Activities

Revolution, or storm in a cup of tea?
You might want to argue that scanning probe microscopy (SPM) has revolutionized science in that atomic resolution has finally been achieved in real-space. Actual atomic configuration, the topology of a surface, is revealed by the scanning apparatus. Alternatively, you might want to argue that SPMs yield data interpreted as atomic resolution through a long chain of inferences - and that such a chain resembles previous claims of atomic resolution. From this perspective, the SPMs have provided nothing radically new.
-- Arne Hessenbruch