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Microsc. Microanal. Microstruct.
Volume 4, Number 5, October 1993
Page(s) 429 - 440
Microsc. Microanal. Microstruct. 4, 429-440 (1993)
DOI: 10.1051/mmm:0199300405042900

Scanning probe microscopy: applications in biology and physics

Othmar Marti, Jaime Colchero, Hartmut Bielefeldt, Michael Hipp et Achim Linder

Fakultät für Physik, Universität Konstanz, D-78434 Konstanz, Germany

Scanning probe microscopes can probe a variety of quantities characterizing surfaces. This overview paper describes techniques applicable in an ambient environment and having the power to distinguish different materials: the scanning force and friction microscope and the scanning near-field optical microscope combined with a spectrometer. The basic operating principles of these two microscopes are described. Selected experiments point to possible future applications: we discuss scanning force and friction microscopy of ZnSe on GaAs and of Na, K-ATPase and near-field optical microscopy of a grating and of micropores.

0779 - Scanning probe microscopes and components.

Key words
Optical microscopy -- Zinc selenides -- Micropore -- Biology -- Physics -- Application -- Reviews -- Binary compounds -- Scanning near field optical microscopy -- Scanning force microscopy -- Scanning probe microscopy -- Friction microscopy -- Metrology -- Physics -- Inorganic compounds

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