Date of Award


Document Type

Master's report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Physics (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Physics


Will Cantrell


Mineral dust shape and roughness are important for a multitude of processes; it is known for aspherical shape but the true measurements in three dimensions are rare. Atomic Force Microscope was used for determine both 3D shape and roughness for two dust which are commonly used in laboratory experiments – Arizona Test Dust (ATD) and Kaolinite. We determined both of them are rather flat and round; an oblate spheroid would be a good model. Loess Filter was used to smooth the particles' surface and correlation analysis was used to examine the surfaces' properties of the dust; we found no features under 100nm scales. Also, our particles' surface area result is very similar to BET surface area.

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