Photothermal excitation of microcantilevers in liquid: effect of the excitation laser position on temperature and vibrational amplitude

Bircher, Benjamin Andreas and Duempelmann, Luc and Lang, Hans Peter and Gerber, Christoph and Braun, Thomas. (2013) Photothermal excitation of microcantilevers in liquid: effect of the excitation laser position on temperature and vibrational amplitude. Micro and Nano Letters, 8 (11). pp. 770-774.

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Demands to improve the sensitivity and measurement speed of dynamic scanning force microscopy and cantilever sensing applications necessitate the development of smaller cantilever sensors. As a result, methods to directly drive cantilevers, such as photothermal or magnetic excitation, are gaining in importance. Presented is a report on the effect of photothermal excitation of microcantilevers on the increase in steady-state temperature and the dynamics of higher mode vibrations. First, the local temperature increase upon continuous irradiation with laser light at different positions along the cantilever was measured and compared with finite element analysis data. The temperature increase was highest when the heating laser was positioned at the free end of the cantilever. Next, the laser intensity was modulated to drive higher flexural modes to resonance. The dependence of the cantilever dynamics on the excitation laser position was assessed and was in good agreement with the analytical expressions. An optimal position to simultaneously excite all flexural modes of vibration with negligible heating was found at the clamped end of the cantilever. The reports findings are essential for optimisation of the excitation efficiency to minimise the rise in temperature and avoid damaging delicate samples or functionalisation layers.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Structural Biology & Biophysics > Structural Biology (Braun)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Nanomechanik (Meyer)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Structural Biology (Stahlberg)
UniBasel Contributors:Lang, Hans Peter and Braun, Thomas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Institution of Engineering and Technology
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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