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Superconductor Electromechanics

The program measures the critical current of superconductor wires as a function of magnetic field, temperature, and mechanical strain, and … more

Nanoscale Mechanics by Contact Resonance Atomic Force Microscopy

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) provides unique accessibility at the nanoscale. Capabilities in terms of nanoscale mechanical property measurements … more

Strain Mapping and Simulation

We employ combined measurement and modeling to enhance understanding and capability of nanoscale strain-mapping via super-resolution confocal … more

Strain fields and phase distribution maps of indented Si

In Raman-spectroscopy enhanced IIT, an indentation device that is coupled with a Raman microscope to conduct in situ spectroscopic and optical … more

Nanoscale Stress Measurements and Standards

Our objective is to develop accurate measurement methods for the nanoscale stress distributions and surface defects that control device … more

Analytical Transmission Scanning Electron Microscopy

This project develops low-energy transmission electron diffraction, imaging, and spectroscopy in the scanning electron microscope, to enable … more


 The NCNR backscattering spectrometer is one of the highest intensity instruments of its kind. It enables very high energy resolution studies of … more

Scanning Auger Microprobe

A JEOL model 7830F field emission source, scanning Auger microscope. more

RMCProfile Utility Programs

NOTICE: Some anti-virus programs have incorrectly reported that downloadable software previously available from this Web page contains malware. … more

Electron holography

An electron hologram is a fringe modulated image containing the amplitude and phase information of an electron transparent object. The HolograFREE … more

GPPois: Gaussian Processes for Poisson-noised data

 gppois is a Bayesian tool for learning about a smooth function based on noisy measurements of its values. Users train a model of the true … more

OOF: Finite Element Analysis of Microstructures

The OOF software provides a finite-element modeling capability to users in the field of materials science. It encapsulates advanced numerical … more

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