Exploring Nanoscale Physics: From Leapfrogging Atoms to Relativistic Quantum Craters

Date: 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 4:15pm
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Affiliation: 
UC Berkeley
Public Lecture: 
Yes
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In the past decade there have been tremendous advances in our ability to manipulate and rapidly image matter at the atomic scale.  I will discuss novel mechanisms for transporting solid matter through seemingly impermeable constrictions, creating operational molecular-scale systems such as radio receivers, weighing single atoms with a mechanical balance, watching chemical reactions in near-real-time with atomic resolution, listening to bats, and manipulating so-called massless Dirac fermions that live in a two-dimensional world.  Many of the experiments rely on ultra-high-resolution transmission electron microscopes and integral nanomanipulators.