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An instrument and men

The atom probe adventure in Rouen

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  00:29:00  2014  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

The atomic probe is a unique scientific instrument: it makes it possible to analyze the composition of a material on an atomic scale and to obtain a 3D model of the arrangement of atoms at the heart of matter. Its origins date back to the 1960s, when Erwin Muller (Univ.of Pennstate) developed the ion microscope to observe atoms in their individuality. The evolution of this technique will be linked to the Material Physics Group, founded by Jean Gallot at the University of Rouen. When he came back from England, where he became interested in ion micrography, Gallot decided to set up a team to create the first French atomic probe.
The key players of this scientific project describe the operation principle of the instrument. They discuss the evolution brought to this large piece of equipment and the difficulties of development resulting from the poor funding of the laboratory. The versatility of the teams and their know-how have been recognized by the international scientific community.

Author : MIFSUD Nicolas
Director : MIFSUD Nicolas
Scientific adviser : CHAMBRELAND Sylvain (GPM, Univ. Haute-Normandie de Rouen)
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of colour or black&white archive images and 3D animations.
Interview (live sound). Music (Hervé Le Dorlot).
PersonnalitiesGALLOT Jean(GPM, Univ. Haute-Normandie de Rouen); MENAND Alain(GPM, Univ. Haute-Normandie de Rouen); SARRAU Jean-Marie(GPM, Univ. Haute-Normandie de Rouen); BOUET Monique(GPM, Univ. Haute-Normandie de Rouen); BOSTEL Alain(GPM, Univ. Haute-Normandie de Rouen); PAREIGE Philippe(GPM, Univ. Haute-Normandie de Rouen)
BLAVETTE Didier(GPM, Univ. Haute-Normandie de Rouen)
NotesGPM : Groupe de Physique des Matériaux.



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Item No.4381
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportVidéo HDV
VersionFrench ; English
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