ISFD-10 had a satellite workshop on Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM) with tutorials, exhibition and practical classes.
This PFM workshop continued in the tradition of the Piezoresponse Force Microscopy Workshops held recently in Oak Ridge (USA), Lausanne (Switzerland), Aveiro (Portugal) and Tsukuba (Japan). The websites of the previous and forthcoming PFM meetings can be consulted at
The 9th PFM Workshop was held side by side to ISFD-10 in Prague, September 22 – 24, 2010.
The PFM technique starts to play a leading role in investigation of numerous nanoscale phenomena in polar, ferroelectric, multiferroic and related materials, such as domain structure and dynamics, polarization switching, fatigue and other local electromechanical response effects. The aim of this workshop was to promote dissemination of the related experience and to build a network of advanced practicioners of this rapidly evolving discipline. Programme included tutorial lectures by S. V. Kalinin (ORNL, USA), A. Gruverman (Univ. of Nebraska, USA), A. Kholkin (U. Aveiro, Portugal) and M. Alexe (Max Planck Institute, Germany), covering description of the basic principles of PFM operation and image interpretation as well as the highly appreciated reports on the the cutting-edge scientific achievements and most recent technical developments. Lectures were complemented by practical classes with demonstration of PFM equipment performance.
Technical programme of the PFM workshop was scheduled from Wednesday Sept. 22 at 11:15 till Friday Sept. 25 at 14:00. Friday afternoon was reserved for optional tours.
|8:50||PFM training sessions||PFM training sessions|
|9:00||Session A||Session E|
|11:00||Session B||Session F|
|14:40||Break||PFM training sessions||Session C||Excursions|
|16:30||Tea time||Tea time|
|17:00||Poster session II||Session D|
|11:15||Registration to PFM Workshop at Kaiserstejnsky Palace|
(Malostranske namesti 23/37, Praha 1)
| ||FIRST TUTORIAL SESSION (13:15–16:30)|
|13:15||Tutorial lecture 1 - by A. Gruverman (Nebraska)|
Principles and instrumental aspects of Piezoresponse Force Microscopy
|14:00||Tutorial lecture 2 - by S. Kalinin (Oak Ridge)|
Theory of PFM in piezoelectric materials
|15:00||Tutorial lecture 3 - by M. Alexe (Halle)|
PFM on nanoscale ferroelectrics: size effects, domain stability, and artifacts
|15:40||Tutorial lecture 4 - by S. Kalinin (Oak Ridge)|
High-frequency PFM and advanced imaging modes in PFM
|17:00||WEDNESDAY POSTER SESSION|
| ||MORNING TRAINING SESSIONS (8:50–12:00)|
|8:50||Programme in workgroups|
| ||SECOND TUTORIAL SESSION (13:00–14:30)|
|13:00||Tutorial lecture 5 - by A. Kholkin (Aveiro)|
Advanced topics in PFM: relaxors & polymers
|13:45||Tutorial lecture 6 - by A. Gruverman (Nebraska)|
PFM studies of polarization dynamics in capacitors
| ||AFTERNOON TRAINING SESSIONS (14:40–16:30)|
|14:40||Programme in workgroups|
| ||SESSION D (17:00–19:00)|
Joint programme with ISFD-10, including:
|18:30||R. Proksch (Asylum Research)|
Singing in Harmony - Multifrequency techniques in piezoresponse force microscopy
|18:50||A. Bykov (NT–MDT)|
Instrumentation for PFM research in nanotechnology
|9:00–13:00||SESSIONS E & F|
Joint programme with ISFD-10
For the ISFD symposium programme, see the Programme section.