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Title: High-speed atomic force microscopy under the microscope
Author: Payton , Oliver David
ISNI:       0000 0004 2741 3032
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2012
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SINCE its invention in 1986, the atomic force microscope (AFM) has revolutionised the field of nanotechnology and nanoscience. It is a tool that has enabled research into areas of medicine, advanced materials, biology, chemistry and physics. However due to its low frame rate it is a tool that has been limited to imaging small areas using a time lapse technique. It has only been in recent years that the frame rate of the device has been increased in a tool known as high-speed AFM (HSAFM). This increased frame rate allows, for the first time, biological processes to be viewed in real time or macro sized areas to be imaged with nanoscale resolution. The research presented here concentrates on a specific type of high-speed AFM developed at the University of Bristol called contact mode HSAFM. This thesis explains how the microscope is able to function, and presents a leap in image quality due to an increased understanding of the dynamics of the system. The future of the device is also discussed. III
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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