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Structure and dynamics of solid surfaces observed by atomic force microscopy

Meyer, E. and Howald, L. and Overney, R. and Brodbeck, D. and Luthi, R. and Haefke, H. and Frommer, J. and Guntherodt, H. J.. (1992) Structure and dynamics of solid surfaces observed by atomic force microscopy. Ultramicroscopy, Vol. 42, Part A. pp. 274-280.

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Abstract

Within a short time, atomic force microscopy (AFM) has developed into a useful tool in surface science. The ability to image insulating surfaces is demonstrated on epitaxially grown AgBr(100) films and on Langmuir-Blodgett films of Cd-arachidate. In addition to the imaging of sur-faces the technique is extended to study dynamic processes. By increasing the force, the onset of plastic deformation is observed. Small nanometer-sized indentations are created. In the case of AgBr these structures are refilled by surface diffusion on a time scale observable by AFM. The results are discussed in relation to other surface-sensitive techniques and compared to theoretical calculations. Another dynamic process which is monitored during the AFM measurements is friction. First results with a bidirectional force sensor are presented, allowing simultaneous acquisition of normal and lateral forces.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Nanomechanik (Meyer)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Ernst
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0304-3991
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:14 Sep 2012 07:18
Deposited On:14 Sep 2012 06:45

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