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ENGINEERING TRIPOS PART IIA - 2012/2013
Leader: Dr J Goncalves email: jmg77
Project Type: Standard
Project Category: Design
Prerequisites: 3F1 and 3F2 useful
Timing: Thursdays 9-11am plus afternoons and Mondays 11-1pm
An Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is a fairly new instrument in the area of Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) that is capable of imaging with extremely high resolution. It can resolve single DNA strands, measure nano-Newtons and determine friction coefficients of microscopic materials.
In this project students will work with a custom-made AFM with the goal of imaging small single-celled organisms called Diatoms. There is a significant focus in this project on the modelling and control of a piezo-electric translation stage, which is used to take scans.
Scan of a single blood cell taken within the AFM
To enable students to:
Students will work in teams of two, with each pair sharing an AFM.
Format: Submission Date - Marks
Interim report 1: Thursday 16 May 2013 - 15 marks
Interim report 2: Thursday 23 May 2013 - 15 marks
Final report: 4pm Thursday 6 June 2013 - 50 marks
Last updated: November 2012