Note: A novel atomic force microscope fast imaging approach: Variable-speed scanning

Zhang, Yudong; Fang, Yongchun; Yu, Jie; Dong, Xiaokun
May 2011
Review of Scientific Instruments;May2011, Vol. 82 Issue 5, p056103
Academic Journal
Imaging speed is one of the key factors limiting atomic force microscope's (AFM) wide applications. To improve its performance, a variable-speed scanning (VSS) method is designed in this note for an AFM. Specifically, in the VSS mode, the scanning speed is tuned online according to the feedback information to properly distribute imaging time along sample surface. Furthermore, some practical mechanism is proposed to determine the best time of moving the AFM tip to the next scanned point. The contrast experiment results show that the VSS method speeds up the imaging rate while ensuring image quality.


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