This page has resources to help use the book "Atomic Force Microscopy" for learning and teaching about AFM.



Here are some quizzes based on the chapters in the book.

  • The first quiz is based on Chapter 1 - the introduction to AFM.AFM book Quizzes

Chapter 1: Introduction to AFM Quiz

  • The second quiz is based on chapter 2, which is all about  AFM instrumentation, and describes in detail how AFM instruments work:

Chapter 2: AFM Instrumentation Quiz

  • The third quiz is all about the different modes and experiments available in AFM:

Chapter 3: AFM Modes Quiz

  • The fourth quiz covers the chapter on practical aspects of acquiring AFM images and other data:

Chapter 4: Measuring AFM Images Quiz

  • The fifth quiz is about processing, analysis and display of AFM data:

Chapter 5: Processing AFM Images Quiz

  • The sixth and last quiz is about artifacts in AFM images.

Chapter 6: AFM Artifacts Quiz



I regularly teach AFM courses, which typically feature a mix of lectures and hands-on classes. When there are open classes, they will be announced on the front page of this website. The recurring course in Porto, the Porto AFM Workshop (formerly the Requimte AFM Workshop) is held annually in Porto, Portugal, and is described here.



  • AFM Poster - can be a useful aid to show how AFM works in your lab / classroom


  • AFM slide - a simple slide showing a schematic of the workings of an AFM



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screenshot of There is a freely-downloadable .pdf (4.8 MB file) of chapter 1 of my book, "Atomic Force Microscopy" available on the OUP web site. This has the preface and the whole of chapter 1.

This chapter contains background to AFM, and describes a few of the capabilities of the technique It explains how the technique was invented, and which instruments preceded it, and why AFM was needed. It also compares AFM to other microscopy techniques. The preface also contains information of the contents of the rest of the book.

The book should be published around 25th of March, pretty soon now!

Quiz IconI am adding quizzes based on each chapter, to enable a self-test check after you've read it, or to help in using the book in a course.

The first quiz was a short one based on Chapter 1. Here's the quiz for chapter 2. Chapter 2 is all about AFM instruments. It describes how they are built, and why they are built that way. It details the function of each component in an AFM, and also describe AFM probes in detail. There are section on the AFM, stage, electronics, software, cantilevers and probes, the instrument environment, and the sample cell. This chapter is useful if you use AFM, since you can use the instrument better when you know how it works.

Chapter 2

Short Questions

Atomic Force Microscopy at Atomic Force Microscopy is now available to order from Amazon in the UK, see the link below.The book will arrive at with some delay, since the shipping from the UK to the U.S. takes a while. You can also order from OUP direct, here.


This book is perfect for an introduction to AFM for new users, and I highly recommend it to researchers using the technique. It has lots of practical information on how to obtain AFM images, and also how to analyse and process the data. it also has an entire chapter devoted to what can go wrong with AFM, and how to avoid these problems! I believe it would also make an excellent coursebook, and some chapter quizzes will appear on this website soon. The quiz on the first chapter is already available here.

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