In situ characterization technique for nanotribological investigations

S. Deladi, J.W. Berenschot, G.J.M. Krijnen, M.J. de Boer, N.R. Tas, M.C. Elwenspoek

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    An innovative technique has been developed to enable in situ monitoring of mechanical surface modification. The method is based on using a test surface and a sharp tip located on two different cantilevers; one for mechanical surface modification and the other for in situ detection of surface topography change. The device can be used in standard atomic force microscope, the image obtained during scanning contains information about a partly modified and a partly unmodified topography for each scanning line, thus quantification of surface topography modification (e.g., wear) or the change of different parameters (e.g., friction force) can be followed as it occurs. The characterization technique and typical results are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number016102
    Number of pages3
    JournalReview of scientific instruments
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005


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