Dynamic force microscopy in fluid

M. Lantz, Y. Z. Liu, X. D. Cui, H. Tokumoto, Stuart Lindsay

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Low-amplitude dynamic force microscopy can operate in a non-contact mode, sensing changes in liquid properties near a surface. Operation of the microscope in water at the higher amplitudes often required for stable imaging has been investigated. When driven by direct application of a force to the tip, the microscope is stable over a wide range of operating frequencies. At low frequency, the interfacial stiffness extracted from approach curves is found to be of the order of 1 N m-1 on first contact, which is indicative of imaging via a compressed liquid layer. Measurements of the spectral response of the cantilever and numerical simulations confirm this and show that viscous damping at the surface also plays a role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-360
Number of pages7
JournalSurface and Interface Analysis
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1998 SMX-3 Conference on Development and Industrial Application of Scanning Probe Methods - Basel, Switz
Duration: Sep 16 1998Sep 19 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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