Introduction to Atomic Force Microscopy

Introduction to Atomic Force Microscopy

AFM Fundamentals Training Course

Work alongside Asylum Research applications scientists in a hands-on introductory Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) course. This two-day class is aimed at those who are new to AFM or who would like to sharpen their fundamental AFM skills. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on experiments students will learn how to perform basic imaging measurements using the latest Asylum Research AFMs.

Course material will include topographic imaging using contact and tapping modes, probe selection, and basic image modification and analysis. Additionally, the course will survey nanomechanical and nanoelectrical measurements. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Who Should attend?

Academic researchers and Industrial users who are either new to AFM or looking to strengthen fundamental AFM skills.


$2,250 per attendee for the two-day course. An optional third day of individualized 1:1 training can be included for an additional $1,900.

Course is limited to a maximum of 6 registrants.

Optional 1:1 training is subject to limited availability.

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Santa Barbara, California, USA

Course Dates

April 18-20, 2023

October 10-12, 2023


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Travel and Lodging

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Contact Tim Walsh at
or (978) 831-8839.

Course Schedule 

Day 1

    • Understanding the principles and operation of AFM for topographic imaging, including contact and tapping modes
    • Optimization of image quality, and identification and elimination of artifacts
    • Probe selection and tips

Day 2

    • Basic image modification and use of image analysis tools
    • Survey and explanation of the full capabilities of AFM including nanomechanical and nanoelectrical measurements

Day 3 (Optional)

    • Image a sample from your own lab or receive individualized advanced training about a topic of your choosing!


The course will use the following Asylum AFMs:



Jupiter XR

Jupiter XR


MFP-3D Infinity
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Registrants may choose to pay with credit card or purchase order. To pay via credit card please call (805) 696-6466 x237. To pay via purchase order please email to receive a formal quotation.


For questions related to this course please contact Tim Walsh at or (978) 831-8839.

Course and Travel Information

Attendees are responsible for all travel, hotel, and meal costs, except lunch, which will be included daily and a group dinner on the first night. Your seat for the course will be confirmed after the registration deadline (March 19, 2023 for the spring course; September 10, 2023 for the fall course). The minimum number of participants is 4 and the maximum is 6. If there are fewer than 4 registrants, the course will be cancelled and any paid registrants will have the option to register in a future course or be fully refunded. Attendees are therefore advised to avoid making non-refundable travel arrangements before the course is confirmed.