Interatomic force laws that evade dynamic measurement

Nat Nanotechnol. 2018 Dec;13(12):1088-1091. doi: 10.1038/s41565-018-0277-x.


Measurement of the force between two atoms is performed routinely with the atomic force microscope. The shape of this interatomic force law is now found to directly regulate this capability: rapidly varying interatomic force laws, which are common in nature, can corrupt their own measurement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't