Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will study the principle and practice of operating Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPMs), in particular atomic force microscopy (AFM) scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and the instrumentation and probes required to implement these techniques. The necessary supporting electronic, vacuum, magnetic, biological, chemical and cryogenic systems will be described and used. Students will also be introduced to the concepts and practice of nanolithography and electrochemical SPM.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHY1SCA and PHY1SCB or approval from the Department of Physics adviser of studies.


Incompatible subjects PHY2SPM, PHY5SPA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
One 2-hour written end-of-semester exam (short answer questions)40
Three x 15 minute oral presentations15
Three x 3-page written assignments on laboratory activities20
Written project report (10 pages)25