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C Parmenter | 19 May, 2017
I started this blog by calling it “AFM vs. instrumented nanoindenters.”  But I really didn’t like that title because I don’t like to pit these 2 methods against one another and I...
C Parmenter | 03 May, 2017
I haven’t written much about nanoindentation yet.  The field itself is pretty confusing because of a lot of ‘AFMers’ who conduct force spectroscopy measurements call these...
C Parmenter | 26 April, 2017
Hybrid or correlative microscopy methods are in vogue.  My last blog was about joining the complementary worlds of AFM and SEM, and I mentioned some other hybrid AFM methods...
C Parmenter | 10 April, 2017
I have recently been hearing a lot about hybrid AFM-SEMs which are a fairly recent innovation with some commercial entries to market over the past 5 years.  So first, let’s...
C Parmenter | 06 February, 2017
 
C Parmenter | 02 February, 2017
The Materials Research Society (MRS) annual fall meeting in Boston was again a powerful showcase of technological capability and innovation in materials science with over 6,000...
C Parmenter | 17 January, 2017
In this week’s blog I am concluding my little two-part series about the cantilever. Why so much space and effort dedicated to the SPM cantilever?  Because too often I encounter...
C Parmenter | 08 December, 2016
The heart of the AFM is really in the cantilever/tip assembly, often referred to as the probe.  This probe governs the interaction and ultimately the type and quality of data...
C Parmenter | 04 October, 2016
User-friendliness seems to be a key feature in operating any high end instrumentation these days, including electron or scanning probe microscopes.   Whenever you check out a...
C Parmenter | 01 September, 2016
Atomic force microscopy is celebrating its 30th birthday this year after its invention in 1986 by Gerd Binnig, Christoph Gerber, and Calvin Quate, who were scientists at the IBM...
C Parmenter | 31 July, 2015
With just a few days to go before M&M 2015 I thought that I’d give you a run-down of what you can expect from the conference and also its host city of Portland. No doubt as...
J Heath | 28 April, 2014
The business end of an atomic force microscope is the tip, the extremely sharp probe that interacts with the sample and produces the wide variety of physical and chemical...
J Heath | 24 July, 2013
In 1884, Edwin Abbott wrote “Flatland – A Romance of Many Dimensions”, a mathematical fiction in which he described a whimsical world of only two dimensions. The protagonist of...
J Heath | 23 July, 2013
The scanning probe microscope is probably the most versatile of all microscopes. There is scarcely a physical property of matter that cannot be investigated with scanning...
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