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Carbon Nanotube Optical Probe

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Created 09/09/2003

The figure shows a proposed optical probe for a new generation Near-field Scanning Optical Microscope (NSOM). The NSOM tip with a [10,10] armchair nanotube investigates a butane molecule on SiO2 surface. The concept is by Slava V. Rotkin, Paul S. Carney, Beckman Institute. The illustration was created in the VMIL using Maya, a 3D modeling and animation package. The molecular models were built using Cerius2, and then converted to Maya using mol2mel, a custom VMIL data conversion package. The image was produced by Benjamin Grosser and Slava V. Rotkin.


  • Benjamin Grosser , ITG, Beckman Institute
  • Paul S. Carney , Beckman Institute
  • Slava V. Rotkin , Beckman Institute
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