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American Institute of Physics



October/November 2002
Volume 8, Number 5


Tiny tips probe nanotechnology
Scanning tunneling microscopes, atomic force microscopes, scanning near-field optical microscopes, and related instruments are moving out of research and becoming tools of industrial production and quality control---Ineke Malsch

Nuclear security in a new world
Following the attacks in New York and Washington DC on September 11, 2001, the security of critical infrastructure in the United States has become a major issue, including the potential vulnerability of its nuclear power plants---Richard Meserve

Superconducting magnets get bigger and better
Superconducting magnets can provide a much higher magnetic field in a more compact space and with lower running costs than is possible with permanent or resistive electromagnets. Applications include health care, molecular biology, drug discovery and development, material characterization, and magnetic levitation for trains---Alan Street

Global positioning system: a high tech success
There probably exist no other large engineering systems that rely on as broad a range of applications of fundamental physics and technology, as do modern navigation satellite systems such as the USA's Global Positioning System---Neil Ashby


Briefs: ---Eric Lerner



Opinion: energy barriers

Reprise: microwaves from the Moons

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