Fundamentals of Picoscience

Klaus D. Sattler

September 26, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 756 Pages - 20 Color & 749 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466505094 - CAT# K14549


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  • Details all experimental techniques for picoscale studies, including atomic-scale optical and neutron holography, homodyne and heterodyne interferometry, digital holographic microscopy, single-atom STM, orbital-mediated tunneling spectroscopy (OMTS), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS)
  • Explains how to determine the atomic structure of proteins and individual peptides through electron diffractive imaging and coherent x-ray diffraction imaging
  • Explores the future of picoelectronic devices, such as molecular electronic applications, NEM single-atom switches, a picomotor, single-photon quantum devices, and single-photon gating systems
  • Includes introductions in each chapter that explain basic concepts, define technical terms, and give context to the main material


Now ubiquitous in public discussions about cutting-edge science and technology, nanoscience has generated many advances and inventions, from the development of new quantum mechanical methods to far-reaching applications in electronics and medical diagnostics. Ushering in the next technological era, Fundamentals of Picoscience focuses on the instrumentation and experiments emerging at the picometer scale.

One picometer is the length of a trillionth of a meter. Compared to a human cell of typically ten microns, this is roughly ten million times smaller. In this state-of-the-art book, international scientists and researchers at the forefront of the field present the materials and methods used at the picoscale. They address the key challenges in developing new instrumentation and techniques to visualize and measure structures at this sub-nanometer level. With numerous figures, the book will help you:

  • Understand how picoscience is an extension of nanoscience
  • Determine which experimental technique to use in your research
  • Connect basic studies to the development of next-generation picoelectronic devices

The book covers various approaches for detecting, characterizing, and imaging at the picoscale. It then presents picoscale methods ranging from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to spectroscopic approaches at sub-nanometer spatial and energy resolutions. It also covers novel picoscale structures and picometer positioning systems. The book concludes with picoscale device applications, including single molecule electronics and optical computers. Introductions in each chapter explain basic concepts, define technical terms, and give context to the main material.