Probing Nanostructures

G. S. McCarty and P. S. Weiss,*

Invited manuscript in preparation for a special issue of Chemical Reviews on Nanostructures to be published July, 1999.


Scanning probe microscopies are ideally suited for isolating and probing nanostructures. There remain great difficulties in interpreting both spatial and spectral data from these probes. In this review, we focus on attempts to couple nanometer-scale with macroscopic techniques in order to understand what it is that is "seen" with the scanning probe microscope and to glean useful insight into the properties of the nanostructure under study.