Burnham, Nancy A.
Lateral force microscopy is the primary means for the study of nanotribology: a rapidly growing field of research. A new method for lateral force calibration was derived and investigated. The technique utilizes mathematics of mean values and directionality, greatly simplifying the process of LFM calibration. Experimental analysis produced convincing data proving the validity of the concept. This in-situ method offers potential advantages over current methods, such as reduced tip wear, limited reliance on unproven assumptions, and ease of use.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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