This book focuses primarily on the atomic force microscope and serves as a reference for students, postdocs, and researchers using atomic force microscopes for the first time. In addition, this book can serve as the primary text for a semester-long introductory course in atomic force microscopy. There are a few algebra-based mathematical relationships included in the book that describe the mechanical properties, behaviors, and intermolecular forces associated with probes used in atomic force microscopy. Relevant figures, tables, and illustrations also appear in each chapter in an effort to provide additional information and points of interest. This book includes suggested laboratory investigations that provide opportunities to explore the versatility of the atomic force microscope. These laboratory exercises include opportunities for experimenters to explore force curves, surface roughness, friction loops, conductivity imaging, and phase imaging.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Atomic Force Microscopy
2. Tip-Sample Forces
3. AFM Electronics
4. AFM Cantilevers and Probes
5. Contact Mode AFM
6. Lateral Force Microscopy
7. Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy
8. Oscillating Modes of AFM
9. Image Processing
Wesley C. Sanders is currently an assistant professor at Salt Lake Community College. He teaches courses in nanotechnology, materials science, chemistry, and microscopy. While serving as an assistant professor, he has published articles in the Journal of Chemical Education describing undergraduate labs for use in introductory, nanotechnology courses.