Head of Nanophysics Group and Director of the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information, University of Bristol
Scanning probe microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) in particular are possibly the main tools of nanotechnology. Conventional AFM has three limitations: imaging speed, high-force interaction, and planar sample. We have developed and applied two unique high-speed AFMs (contact and non-contact) and an AFM in which the imaging probe is steered in 4pi space by holographic optical traps using the holoassembler, allowing it to image any area on a 3D object.
Imaging with these new techniques will be illustrated with biomolecular and polymer structures from DNA to cells