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Professor Ravi Silva from the Nano-Electronics Centre, University of Surrey, tells us how it works...

'The nano-manipulator has two probes that can move carbon nanotubes with nanometre precision. We put the first probe next to a pile of tubes, and one will stick. We then yank one out and use the other probe to cut it to size. At the same time we can use a powerful electron microscope to see what we are doing.'



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Close-ups of the nano-manipulator probes that move and cut carbon nanotubes.
Image: ATI, University of Surrey

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    Image: Veeco Instruments Inc.
 

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