High-speed Lissajous-scan atomic force microscopy: Scan pattern planning and control design issues

A. Bazaei, Yuen K. Yong, S. O. Reza Moheimani
2012 Review of Scientific Instruments  
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doi:10.1063/1.4725525 pmid:22755628 fatcat:ouqplwthvfgwzmp7i56o5gtqv4