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Richard Superfine - Physics Professor

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Mathematical skills
Lab or instrumentation skills
Knowledge of physics principles
Modeling or simulation
Data analysis

Richard Superfine's Job:
Superfine is a professor within the Department of Computer Science in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is well known for working in the development of a 'micro-manipulator', which works in conjunction with an 'atomic force microscope'. The microscope is so powerful that it can detect molecules and atoms. The micro-manipulator allows the user to manipulate molecules and atoms. The microscope and micro-manipulator are hooked up to a 'pen' though a computer. The pen contains motors which create the illusion that the user is actually touching and feeling the atom or molecule. "Any one can do this. They don't need to know how the microscope works. This means that scientists from other disciplines who are not experts in microscopy can use this device, " Superfine says. Superfine works with local schools to introduce students to this new technology as well as the subatomic world.

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Chapel Hill, NC

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Educational Information

B.S. from Lehigh University
Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkley

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Richard Superfine grew up in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In 1982 he earned a B.S. from Lehigh University and in 1991 he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkley.