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Offline acecharly

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How far could we do this and if we made it with a camera could we see elementary particles if we gave it a transmitter?


 

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How far could we do this and if we made it with a camera could we see elementary particles if we gave it a transmitter?

The wavelength of visible light wouldn't be reduced as the robots got smaller.
Subatomic particles are too small to be seen with visible light.

An atom sized probe has been used to "see" (more like feel) individual atoms ...
http://mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/nanoquest/atom_manipulation/index.html#seeing
« Last Edit: 09/04/2012 18:00:35 by RD »
 

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Nice idea, but it's unlikely to work. You might scale the robot down, but the processes used to make the bits are only scalable to a certain extent. As the scale reduces, the manufacturing processes have to change significantly.
 

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How far could we do this and if we made it with a camera could we see elementary particles if we gave it a transmitter?

The wavelength of visible light wouldn't be reduced as the robots got smaller.
Subatomic particles are too small to be seen with visible light.

An atom sized probe has been used to "see" (more like feel) individual atoms ...
http://mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/nanoquest/atom_manipulation/index.html#seeing

The recent emphasis on scanning tunnelling microscopy has upstaged an earlier technique -- field ion microscopy.
A field ion microscope can produce visible images of individual atoms. A field ion micrograph is a thing of beauty!

http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev28-4/text/atoms.htm
 

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Would you be able to do the reverse....   start small and pro-gram for bigger.
 

Offline acecharly

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I thick materials would be the issue here.
 

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