Nanotechnology, previously considered a staple of science and research, has now entered the mainstream. Since 2001, when the US commenced the National Nanotech Initiative, consumer goods based on nanoparticles have become commonplace, spanning everything from sports equipment to healthcare.
Exponential growth in computing power – which opened the door to rapid, data analysis and methodical simulations – and considerable progress in instrumentation have been key to the expansion of nanotechnology. Together, scanning probe microscopy (AFM, STM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM/TEM) have radically altered the imaging of materials at the sub-1-micron length-scale.
Single-atom manipulation (LT-STM), high-speed mechanical mapping (Fast Force Mapping- AFM), and protein structure imaging (Cryo-EM) are a few cases demonstrating how these microscopes have driven nanotechnology research in physics, materials sciences, chemistry, and protein biology.
In parallel, extraordinary progress in brilliance and coherence at the large research facilities like synchrotrons and FEL have helped bring about high-speed, high-resolution screening of chemical properties (spectroscopy), and the physical structure (diffraction) of nanoscale objects, alongside the microscopy enhancements.
At the forefront of nanotechnology, excitement is building as a multitude of ground-breaking developments are in motion. Energy research, micro-harvesting, 2D materials (i.e. graphene), semiconductor research, phase-change materials, and the contemporary field of quantum computing, are just a limited selection of the innovative and popular nanotechnology fields currently in development.
Nanotechnology Vacuum Components from Allectra
It is often necessary to work under high- or ultra-high vacuum (HV/UHV) to obtain a fundamental understanding of these materials. Allectra possesses the components and technology to assist your needs and drive your research and development into the future. Whether it is using high-frequency signals with proprietary 27G Hz SMA feedthroughs 242-SMAD27G-C16; safeguarding a cryogenic system from rapidly expanding helium with Allectra’s Pressure Burst Discs 461-PBD-K16; linking measurement equipment in-vacuum in a low magnetic environment 210-D15-C40-NM; cabling with radiation resistant Kapton wire 301-KAPM-060-10M; or coupling specific light wavelengths in and out of the vacuum vessel 110-QZ-UV-C40.
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