8th International Tutorial Workshop on PFM and Nanoscale Electromechanics of Polar Materials, August 25-27, 2010, Beijing, China

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This workshop aims
to provide in-depth description and recent advances in piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) and nanoscale
electromechanics. It will introduce basic principles of PFM operation, relevant
instrumental aspects, and image interpretation. The theory of cantilever
dynamics, PFM contact mechanics, resolution theory, and their implications for
qualitative and quantitative data interpretation will be presented. The recent
technical advances, including vector PFM, high-frequency PFM, band-excitation
and DRFT imaging, switching spectroscopy PFM, and imaging and polarization
switching in liquids and vacuum, will also be illustrated. For ferroelectric
and multiferroic materials, applications of PFM for domain imaging, nucleation
center mapping, and probing polarization dynamics in thin films and capacitor
structures will be presented. Electromechanical probing of biological,
electroactive polymer, and soft-condensed matter systems beyond classical
ferroelectric applications will also be discussed in detail. Finally,
participants will gain hand-on experience in PFM using various commercial
systems during Lab Demos, and are welcome to bring their own samples for

The three-day workshop consists of Tutorial Lectures
by PFM pioneers, Topical Lectures by leading scientists in the field, Industrial
from leading PFM manufacturers, and Poster Sessions for
attendees to discuss their own work. It also includes extensive Lab Demos
for participants to gain hand-on experience in PFM on various commercial
systems, for which the attendees can bring their own samples for testing and

More information can be found at http://www.ustb.edu.cn/materials/files/pfm/International_Workshop.html.
You can also contact us at jjli@uw.edu
(Jiangyu Li), sergei2@ornl.gov (Sergei V.
Kalinin), or workshoppfm@yahoo.cn