AFM Force Measurements
(3-day modular course):

June 5th to 7th 2018 | Karlsruhe, Germany

Course Objective:

Force measurements with an AFM play an important role in today’s surface characterization to determine properties like the elastic modulus or the adhesion. In this 3-day modular course we like to offer the users of Bruker AFMs an option to improve their skill set or to refresh their knowledge on this topic. 

The course language will be English.



Day 1: During the first day we would cover the theory behind the PFQNM mode and force distance curves in general. Basic experiments will be used to explain important parameters like deflection sensitivity and tip radius.


  • PFQNM theory
  • Explanation of PFQNM parameters
  • Force Distance curves
  • Probe selection
  • Probe calibration (deflection sensitivity, spring constant, tip radius)


Day 2: On second day we will concentrate on experiments to understand the main methods for PFQNM, the relative and the absolute measurement method. In addition, we like to present the latest improvements for the ease of use, like pre-calibrated probes and their usage. Force measurements in liquids will also be performed.


  • Absolute Method vs. Relative Method
  • PFQNM in fluids
  • Standard PFQNM samples
  • Pre-Calibrated Probes


Day 3: On the last day we like to use the knowledge achieved to optimize measurements on unknown samples and on how to optimize scan parameters to improve image quality.


  • Image optimization
  • Advanced Ramping
  • Customer (unknown) samples





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500€ Standard fee / day

One seat free for platinum contract customers

20% discount for academic customers, warranty and extended warranty customers and a second seat for platinum contract customers. Daily lunch is included. Application deadline closes 4 weeks before the training begins. The maximum number of participants is 6, when there are more than 6 participants we will try to organize an extra training. When less than 3 participants, the course will be cancelled.