Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0002-0096-6062

Date of Award

12-2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

School

CAS

Department

Physics Department

Faculty Advisor

Polievkt Perov

Second Advisor

Walter Johnson

Third Advisor

Stevan Radojev

Abstract

Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) has become a critical tool for characterization of materials in fields such as physics, material science, chemistry, and biology. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is an increasingly useful technique because of its high resolution in three dimensions, the sample does not need to be conductive, and the technique does not need to take place in vacuum. AFM can image a wide variety of topographies and many different types of materials. AFM can deliver 3D topography information from the angstrom level to the micron scale with high resolution. One of the most important aspects of Atomic Force Microscopy that is not often discussed is data processing and analysis. The goal of this report is to demonstrate various data processing and analysis techniques such as studying the coating process, grain analysis, texture analysis and surface roughness.

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