Frequently Asked Questions

Q:     Where are the SF State AFMs located?

A:     The SF State AFMs are located in room 138 of Hensill Hall on the main campus of SF State (see Maps and Directions).


Q:     How do I get training to use the AFM laboratory?

A:     Training is arranged by calling or sending an e-mail to the electron microscopy facility manager, Diana Mars, at


Q:     How do I sign-up to use the AFMs?

A:     Trained users will be provided access to the AFM Booking Calendars.


Q:     I already know how to use an AFM. Do I still need to be registered and trained to use the AFM laboratory?

A:     All operators of the AFM laboratory must first successfully complete requisite hours of training for their application. Qualified users will be provided with a "log-on" username and password for the AFM stage that they train on.


Q:     Do you have the specimen preparation equipment I need?

A:     The AFM laboratory has a full suite of preparation equipment.


Q:     Do I need to learn how to use the AFM equipment myself or can it be operated for me?

A:     While academic users are strongly encouraged to learn how to operate the AFMs for themselves, the AFMs can also be operated by the facility manager for an additional fee.


Q:     How do I acknowledge use of the AFM laboratory in my papers and posters?

A:     "We gratefully acknowledge use of the JPK Insturments AFM and supporting equipment at SF State. The JPK Instruments AFMs and supporting facilities were obtained under NSF MRI award #1626611.