Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy: Part I: Foundations by Ronald Reifenberger

Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy: Part I: Foundations

byRonald Reifenberger

Kobo ebook | September 29, 2015

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The atomic force microscope (AFM) is a highly interdisciplinary instrument that enables measurements of samples in liquid, vacuum or air with unprecedented resolution. The intelligent use of this instrument requires knowledge from many distinct fields of study. These lecture notes aim to provide advanced undergraduates and beginning graduates in all fields of science and engineering with the required knowledge to sensibly use an AFM. Relevant background material is often reviewed in depth and summarized in a pedagogical, self-paced style to provide a fundamental understanding of the scientific principles underlying the use and operation of an AFM.

Useful as a study guide to “Fundamentals of AFM”, an online video course available at

Suitable for Graduate/Undergraduate Independent Reading and Research Course in AFM (with the combination of book and online videos)


  • Introduction to Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • The Force between Molecules
  • Simple Models for Molecule–Molecule Interactions
  • Van der Waals Interactions between Macroscopic Objects
  • When the Tip Contacts the Substrate: Contact Mechanics
  • Quasi-Static Cantilever Mechanics
  • AFM System Components
  • Contact Mode AFM
  • Experimental Calibrations
  • Computer-Aided AFM Simulations

Readership: Advanced undergraduates and graduates in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering disciplines with an interest in Atomic Force Microscopy and its applications in nanotechnology.
Key Features:

  • Provides an introductory review of many relevant background topics that are often assumed to be understood by students
  • Worked out examples and homework problems are at the end of each chapter
Title:Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy: Part I: FoundationsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9814630373

ISBN - 13:9789814630375

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