Not sure if this is the appropriate forum for this but I figured taking technologies from F1 into similar uses is close enough. If it's not, admins feel free to move me somewhere else.
Anyway, some friends and I want to build a STEM- a scanning tunneling electron microscope http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scanning_tunneling_microscope
It'd be easier to read the wikipedia explanation than for me to try and explain it.
There are a few sites detailing how they can be made on the cheap, but one problem remains- removing vibrations.
The guys who first built one and won a nobel prize for it used levitating magnets, which seems rather far fetched.
I was thinking about various ways of removing any vibrations from the ground etc, and I think using mass damping might be just what is needed.
Wikipedia has a lot about active mass damping, but that seems wildly overcomplicated for what I want to do. I was thinking something working along the same basic principles as the mass damper system that renault ran some years back would be better.
Basically I want to have a mass suspended and supported on spring, as they did. The only difference is, my experiment will go on the mass, which should have less vibrations than the ground supporting the springs.
I think (although I'm far from certain) that I might find the mass bouncing up and down at it's own natural frequency, which would ruin the point of putting the microscope on it in the first place. How did renault get around this problem?
Or have I just wildly misunderstood how a mass damper on springs works?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, or alternate methods of creating a vibration-free platform.