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Volumes II, III and IV research the actual and technical origin for contemporary development in utilized near-field scanning probe concepts, and construct upon the 1st quantity released in early 2004. the sector is progressing so quick that there's a want for a moment set of volumes to seize the most recent advancements. It constitutes a well timed finished assessment of SPM purposes, now that commercial purposes span topographic and dynamical floor reviews of thin-film semiconductors, polymers, paper, ceramics, and magnetic and organic fabrics. quantity II introduces scanning probe microscopy, together with sensor know-how, quantity III covers the complete variety of characterization probabilities utilizing SPM and quantity IV bargains chapters on makes use of in numerous business purposes. The foreign point of view provided in those 3 volumes - which belong jointly - contributes additional to the evolution of SPM techniques.
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