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This module provides an introduction to Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM).  SPM is a family of microscopy techniques where a sharp probe (2-10 nm) is scanned across a surface and probe-sample interactions are monitored.

SPM is an extremely useful tool that is utilized in numerous research settings ranging from chemistry and materials to biological sciences. In addition to imaging surfaces with nanometer resolution, SPM can also be used to determine a variety of properties including: surface roughness, friction, surface forces, binding energies, and local elasticity.


Developed by:
Dr. Heather A. Bullen
University of Northern Kentucky

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