This is a 60 second movie clip with an introduction to Scanning Tunneling Microscopy(STM). The animation gives an idea of what STM looks like and provides an overview of what STM does and how it works.
The linear electron resonator is constructed on a Ag(111) surface at 6 K substrate temperature. The silver cluster at the middle (at the initial part of the movie) is produced by gently crashing the STM-tip into the substrate. The cluster is then broken into smaller clusters using the STM-tip. The individual silver atoms are extracted from the cluster on an atom-by-atom basis. These extracted atoms are repositioned by using the STM lateral manipulation procedure. The atoms are aligned along  surface directions. The distance between the two nearest silver atoms is 1.732 nm (6 atom distances apart). This electron resonator is 25 nm long, 12 nm wide, and consists of 30 silver atoms.
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Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM) include Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM) and Scanning Tunneling Microscopes (STM or STEM). They are the only instruments in widespread use that can actually 'see' single atoms! You can skim this webpage quickly to learn the general concepts of SPM's, or you can read carefully and almost be ready to operate one!