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The Small Frontier

20 September 2007


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  • Dr Don Eigler
  • Dr Don Eigler, IBM Fellow and pioneer in scanning tunnelling microscopy, will deliver the annual WH Bragg Lecture at the London Centre for Nanotechnology on Wednesday 17 October.

    Dr Eigler is famed for spelling out 'IBM' in individual atoms in 1989 using a liquid-helium-temperature scanning-tunnelling microscope of his own construction. In 'The Small Frontier' he will explain how this groundbreaking instrument works and describe how it is used today to expand scientists' knowledge of structures on a nanometer scale. He will also discuss how atomic-level components could be used in computing in the future.

    Dr Eigler is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His group received the 1993-94 Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the best paper published in 'Science' magazine. In 1999, he became the first winner of the Nanoscience Prize.

    The WH Bragg Lecture was established in 2004 to celebrate major advances in condensed-matter physics. The annual event is named after William Henry Bragg, Head of UCL Physics & Astronomy 1915-1923 who first conducted X-ray diffraction analysis of crystal structures.

    The lecture will be held in the Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre from 4.30pm and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

    To find out more aobout the event and Dr Eigler's work, follow the links at the top of this item. 

    Image: Dr Don Eigler (courtesy of IBM)

    The London Centre for Nanotechnology is a joint venture between UCL and Imperial College London launched in 2006. Its unique model brings together scientists in chemistry, physics, materials, medicine, earth sciences and engineering across both universities to provide the nanoscience and nanotechnology needed to solve major problems in information processing, health care, and energy and the environment.

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