ith the world's best microscopic resolution-significantly under one angstrom, a mere ten-billionth of a meter-the OÅM opens a new window on the future.

Magnetic-levitation trains, resistance-free electrical transmission lines, frictionless machine parts and artificial joints, efficient solar cells, superfast integrated circuits-these and many other advances depend on the study of novel materials atom by atom.

Berkeley Lab Highlights

  The OÅM has produced images of gallium nitride that show nitrogen and gallium atoms in columns spaced only 1.13 angstroms apart-columns of carbon atoms in a diamond lattice only 0.89 angstrom apart-and silicon at 0.78-angstrom resolution, with little distortion and better signal-to-noise ratio than images made anywhere else.
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