Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Terri Camesano, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Nancy Burnham, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Mingjiang Tao, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Qi Wen, Committee Member

Identifier

etd-042612-131725

Abstract

This thesis reflects two advances in atomic force microscopy. The first half is a new lateral force calibration procedure, which, in contrast to existing procedures, is independent of sample and cantilever shape, simple, direct, and quick. The second half is a high-throughput method for processing, fitting, and analyzing force curves taken on Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria in an effort to inspire better care for statistics and increase measurement precision.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Physics

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2012-04-26

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

force curves, calibration, analysis, curve fitting, friction, lateral force microscopy, atomic force microscopy

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