Simplicity wins in the Atomic Force Microscope

Dr John Sader, from the University of Melbourne, discovered a designflaw in a key component of the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). He 'used established mechanical principles to prove that the popular V-shaped cantilever inadvertently degrades the performance of the instrument, and delivers none of its intended benefits.
'This finding may reshape the industry by proposing a single new standard and because the AFM' has been the instrument of choice for three dimensional measurements at the atomic scale, since its invention in 1986.