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Cyrus C. M. Mody

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262134941

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262134941.001.0001

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Adopting, Adapting, Departing: Early STM at IBM and at Bell Labs

Adopting, Adapting, Departing: Early STM at IBM and at Bell Labs

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Cyrus C. M. Mody

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This chapter, which discusses the roles of IBM and Bell Labs in the initial development of the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM), finds that scientists at both these organizations followed a different set of rules and processes to develop the STM. Surface scientists within IBM and Bell Labs also played a key role in the design and adaptation of the STM. Their association with the surface science network also meant that STM community members were more acquainted with each other than with any other part of the probe-microscopy community, a relationship and interaction which played a key role in the effective replication and adaptation of the STM at the two organizations.

Keywords:   IBM, Bell Labs, scientists, surface scientists, scanning tunnelling microscope

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