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Normal Force Calibration Method Used for Calibration οf Atomic Force Microscope

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Development of new technologies for micro/nanostructures is connected with introduction of new materials or with application of already existing ones in micro- and nanoscale. Unfortunately material parameters in macro- and micro/nanoscale are not the same. For this reason it has become crucial to identify nanomechanical properties of materials commonly used in micro- and nanostructures technology. One of the tests used for that purpose is nanowear test made on the atomic force microscope. However, to obtain quantitative results of measurements, precision calibration step is necessary. In this paper a novel approach to calibration of normal force, which is acting on the tip of an atomic force microscope cantilever, is discussed. Presented method is based on application of known normal force directly on the tip using special test structure. Such an approach allows for measurements of nanowear parameters (force, displacement) with uncertainty better than ± 3%. Authors present and discuss different constructions of calibration samples. A comparison of described method with already existing ones is also presented.
  • Institute of Electron Technology, al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland
  • Warsaw University of Technology, Institute of Micromechanics and Photonics, A. Boboli 8, Warsaw, Poland
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