Atomic Force MIcroscopy
We recently acquired an atomic force microscope (AFM), which is completely open source for both software and hardware. A number of projects are available.
1. Characterization of fission-tracks (FT) in a special polymer detector. This project is in the field of nuclear forensics.
2. Improvement of the instrument itself (both hardware and software).
The fission-track project will require the student to accurately measure the damage the the fission products of U235 make in a polymer. There will be NO contact with nuclear material.
The instrumentation project will include some or all of the following:
1. Redesign of the optical microscope so that cells can be visualized optically before attempting the AFM scan.
2. Integration of the optical microscope outut inot the Labview AFM interface so improve the automated approach module.
3. Development of algorithms for optimization of the instrument control parameters.
For the FT detection, image processing will be required, as well as ability to work with advanced instrumentation.
For the instrumentation project, strong computer programming skills are very helpful.
Ability to work in the Labview environment is required.
Introduction to Control Theory will be very useful.
The main requirement for both projects is the ability to acquire new skills, think independently, and be responsible to meet deadlines.
The FT project is in collaboration with the Nuclear Research Center.