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Svetomir Ilija Simonović


The paper explains basic operating principles of scanning tunnelling microscopes, atomic force microscopes and nanorobotic systems, with special respect to their use as manipulators of nano-sized objects. Single atom manipulation and  contact and non-contact manipulation of nanoparticles are described. Also, particular consideration is given to manipulation of nanotubes and some testing of their features by use of nanorobotic systems. The three methods are compared  and their appropriateness for particular manipulation tasks is considered. The more degrees of freedom a method has and  exerts greater manipulation force, the lower is the resolution of manipulation.

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