It has been 21 years since the invention of the first scanning probe microscope (SPM), the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM), by Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer. (1) There has been a huge proliferation in the developments and applications of probe microscopy since the design of this first microscope. This paper considers the use of SPM in surface finishing. It provides a brief introduction to atomic force microscopy (AFM), how it compares with electron microscopy and includes some typical examples of applications (2).
|Journal||Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|