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Please add, update, order, and otherwise evolve this list! Wikipedia links are included for background.

Please be aware that some acronyms may be rephrased to suit the context. For example, AFM is listed here so as to refer to the Atomic Force Microscope itself, but AFM may also refer to the process of performing Atomic Force Microscopy. Should common prefixes be given their own places?

At the moment, this is not meant as an extensive list of techniques or processes relevant to nanotechnology. Instead it is meant to be a 'Rosetta stone' for those unfamiliar with this jargon.


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AFM - Atomic Force Microscope

ALD - Atomic Layer Deposition (idem Any Layer Deposition)

CIGS - Copper Indium Gallium Selenide

CNT - Carbon nanotube

CVD - Chemical Vapor Depositon

DSC - Differential Scanning Calorimetry

DWNT - Double-walled carbon nanotubes

EB-PVD - Electron Beam Physical Vapor Deposition

EBDW - Electron-Beam Direct-Write Lithography

EELS - Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy

EMAC - Extended metal atom chains

EUV - Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography

ITO - Indium Tin Oxide

MOCVD - Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (idem Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy)

MWNT - Multi-walled nanotubes

NEMS - Nanoelectromechanical systems

NIL - Nanoimprint Lithography

P-SWNT - Polymerized single-walled nanotubes

PECVD - Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

PLD - Pulsed Laser Deposition (idem Pulsed Laser Ablation)

PVD - Physical Vapor Deposition

RIE - Reactive Ion Etching

SAED - Selected Area Electron Diffraction

SEM - Scanning Electron Microscope

SIMS - Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy

SiNW - Silicon Nanowire

SPL - Scanning Probe Lithography

SWNT - Single-walled nanotubes

STEM - Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope

STM - Scanning Tunneling Microscope

TEM - Transmission Electron Microscope

UV/Vis - Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy

VLS - Vapor-liquid-solid method (used to create one-dimensional structures)

XPS - X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

XRD - X-ray Diffraction

YBCO - Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide