Research Article Open Access

Improved 3D Imaging Performance of AFM

Md Sohel Rana1
  • 1 Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh
Journal of Mechatronics and Robotics
Volume 4 No. 1, 2020, 8-14


Published On: 28 January 2020

How to Cite: Rana, M. S. (2020). Improved 3D Imaging Performance of AFM. Journal of Mechatronics and Robotics, 4(1), 8-14.


Over the last three decades the Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) has played an important role in the field of nanotechnology for imaging and manipulating samples. However, the acquisition of a high-quality imaging performance by an AFM is significantly influenced by its key scanning element called its Piezoelectric Tube Actuator (PTA). In this article, to improve its performance, a multi-input multi-output model predictive control scheme for achieving improved 3D scanned image of sample is proposed. The proposed controller achieves this by greatly overcoming the problem of tilted characters and nonlinearity effects in the AFM scanned images. The experimental outcomes are demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed control technique.



  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • Piezoelectric Tube Actuator (PTA)
  • Nonlinearities
  • Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO)
  • Model Predictive Control (MPC)