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nanoHUB-U Fundamentals of AFM L3.6: AFM-The Instrument - The AFM as a System

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Published on Jun 2, 2014

Table of Contents:
00:09 Lecture L3.6: The AFM as a System
00:53 Important System (Electronic) Signals
02:11 Set a long-term goal
03:22 Environmental Characterization: Floor Vibrations
05:33 Vibration Standards (1 - 100 Hz)
05:45 Environmental Characterization: Acoustic Noise
07:18 Environmental Characterization: Thermal Stability
09:15 Characterizing the z-Noise in Your AFM System
11:51 The ability to obtain time-series data at various points
12:58 Characterizing the Photodetector Sensor Noise in Your AFM System
14:37 Estimate the height resolution of your AFM?
16:28 Characterizing the Thermal Noise in Your AFM System
19:40 Thermal Stability
21:29 Laser System
23:33 Next Up: Cantilever Mechanics

This video is part of nanoHUB-U's course Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy: Part 1 Fundamental Aspects of AFM. (https://nanohub.org/courses/AFM1)

Structured as two 5-week courses, this unique set of courses developed by Profs. Ron Reifenberger and Arvind Raman, look at the underlying fundamentals of atomic force microscopy and exposes the knowledge base required to understand how an AFM operates.

The atomic force microscope (AFM) is a key enabler of nanotechnology, and a proper understanding of how this instrument operates requires a broad-based background in many disciplines. Few users of AFM have the opportunity or resources to rapidly acquire the interdisciplinary knowledge that allows an intelligent operation of this instrument. This focused, in-depth course solves this problem by presenting a unified discussion of the fundamentals of atomic force microscopy.

Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy, Part 2: Dynamic AFM Methods provides an in-depth treatment of dynamic mode AFM.

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