**Exploring Scanning Probe Microscopy with ***Mathematica*
**Dror Sarid**
University of Arizona
A book consisting of a collection of self-contained, interactive, computational
examples from the fields of scanning tunneling microscopy, scanning force microscopy, and
related technologies using *Mathematica* notebooks will be discussed. It was written
in *Mathematica* Version 2.2 as a series of notebooks and was then translated into
the TeX typesetting language using the nb2tex program. Software associated with this
book can be downloaded from Wiley's FTP server. The main motivation for writing a book
such as this arose from often encountered situations where published models in the field
of scanning probe microscopies require prior knowledge of other theoretical results. The
reader of such material therefore needs to track down other publications that sometimes
use different notations. A self-consistent, self-contained presentation would therefore be
a real time-saver. A second motivation was the time-consuming effort required to code
models that contain subtleties that are not easy to spot. The code presented in this book,
being self-contained, alleviates this problem. A third motivation was associated with the
benefit of working interactively with a live mathematical model and being able to change
the values of its parameters. The computational results, which might range over
unanticipated values, could provide better insight into the intricacies of a given problem
than, say, reading plain text and browsing through several examples. The advantage of this
book is that it provides an active approach to the study of and research in scanning probe
microscopy. This book will be used for classwork at the Optical Sciences Center,
University of Arizona.
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