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Imaging using lateral bending modes of atomic force microscope cantilevers

: Caron, A.; Rabe, U.; Reinstädtler, M.; Turner, J.; Arnold, W.


Applied Physics Letters 85 (2004), Nr.26, S.6398-6400
ISSN: 0003-6951
ISSN: 1077-3118
Fraunhofer IZFP ()

Using scanning probe techniques, surface properties such as shear stiffness and friction can be measured with a resolution in the nanometer range. The torsional deflection or buckling of atomic force microscope cantilevers has previously been used in order to measure the lateral forces acting on the tip. This letter shows that the flexural vibration modes of cantilevers oscillating in their width direction parallel to the sample surface can also be used for imaging. These lateral cantilever modes exhibit vertical deflection amplitudes if the cantilever is asymetric in thickness direction, e.g. by a trapezoidal cross section.