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Nanoscale-resolved elasticity: contact mechanics for quantitative contact resonance atomic force microscopy.

AM Jakob, J Buchwald, B Rauschenbach, SG Mayr

Nanoscale | Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) | Published : 2014

Abstract

Contact resonance atomic force microscopy (CR-AFM) constitutes a powerful approach for nanometer-resolved mechanical characterization of surfaces. Yet, absolute accuracy is frequently impaired by ad hoc assumptions on the dynamic AFM cantilever characteristics as well as contact model. Within the present study, we clarify the detailed interplay of stress fields and geometries for full quantitative understanding, employing combined experimental numerical studies for real AFM probes. Concerning contact description, a two-parameter ansatz is utilized that takes tip geometries and their corresponding indentation moduli into account. Parameter sets obtained upon experimental data fitting for diff..

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