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September 26th, 2005

UW-Madison helps Imago

Up close, Imago Scientific Instrument's atom probe is a veritable jungle of glinting steel, glowing ports and snaking hoses and wires. This microscope that lets scientists peer at the very atoms that compose matter does so by an intricate process, first plunging specimens to temperatures near absolute zero and then pulling atoms from them one by one. The atoms next fly to a detector, where they are identified and their positions in three dimensions pinpointed — all at the rocketing pace of 50 million atoms per hour.


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