Advances and Applications of Scanning Thermal Probe Microscopy

Jippin Ye, Mike Reading, Nicolaas-Alexander Gotzen, Guy Van Assche

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There are a variety of techniques for analysing materials in a spatially resolved manner; in some cases this means that images can be generated on the basis of chemical composition or physical state, for example whether a material
is amorphous or crystalline. One good example of this is Raman microscopy, others include infrared microscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, etc. All of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages and often a combination of techniques is needed to achieve a full understanding of a samples structure. The scanning probe microscopies offer considerable potential for micro- and nanoscale analysis. Imaging on the basis of mechanical properties is well established while there are promising indications that high spatial resolution chemical imaging will eventually be possible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalMicroscopy and Analysis
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


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