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Nanotube-based scanning rotational microscope

Abstract

A scheme of the scanning rotational microscope is designed. This scheme is based on using carbon nanotubes simultaneously as a probe tip and as a bolt/nut pair which converts translational displacements of two piezo actuators into pure rotation of the probe tip. First-principles calculations of the interaction energy between movable and rotational parts of the microscope confirms the capability for its operation. The scanning rotational microscope with a chemically functionalized nanotube-based tip can be used to study how the interaction between individual molecules or a molecule and a surface depends on their relative orientation.Comment: 4 pages, 3 figure

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