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Characterization Tools for Nanostructures

Characterization Tools for Nanostructures (UE S1-3)

Nanostructures and nanomaterials have interesting specific properties arising from their low dimensionnality and/or from the increased influence of the surface. This course presents the main methods of nanoscale-observation of surfaces and interfaces, and the main methods of local characterization for structures of low dimensionality (e.g., morphological, optical, and spectroscopic characterization). The discussed techniques will be illustrated by specific applications in various fields of nanoscience, nanotechnology and biology.

Outline of the course

  1. Optical microscopy: confocal and fluorescence microscopy
  2. Scanning near field microscopy (STM, AFM, SNOM)
  3. Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM)


  • report: analysis of a scientific article
  • graded reports on lab practicals

Prior knowledge

basic knowledge of optics, wave propagation and microscopic physics


Ernst Meyer, Hans Joseph Hug, Roland Bennewitz
"Scanning Probe Microscopy: the Lab on a Tip"
Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004

course volume

  • lectures: 30 hours
  • practicals: 16 hours
  • ECTS: 5