Topography (measurement technology)

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The term topography (from the Greek  τόπος tópos , dt. Place, and γράφειν grafeïn , dt. To draw or describe; literally "description of place") - also surface quality - describes in the field of metrology the description of the geometric shape as well as the physical and chemical Properties of technical surfaces or microstructures .

The description of the topography (surface roughness, surface shape, etc.) is usually based on data from measurement methods such as mechanical and optical profilometers or atomic force microscopes .


  • Peter Kiehl: Introduction to the DIN standards . Vieweg + Teubner, 2001, ISBN 3-519-26301-7 (Chapter 16. Technical surfaces).