Local thermomechanical characterization of phase transitions using band excitation atomic force acoustic microscopy with heated probe

Jesse, S.; Nikiforov, M. P.; Germinario, L. T.; Kalinin, S. V.
August 2008
Applied Physics Letters;8/18/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 7, p073104
Academic Journal
An approach for thermomechanical characterization of phase transitions in polymeric materials (polyethyleneterephthalate) by band excitation acoustic force microscopy is developed. This methodology allows the independent measurement of resonance frequency, Q factor, and oscillation amplitude of a tip-surface contact as a function of tip temperature, from which the thermal evolution of tip-surface spring constant and mechanical dissipation can be extracted. We demonstrate a heating protocol which keeps the contact area and contact force constant, thus allowing for reproducible measurements and quantitative extraction of material properties including temperature dependence of indentation-based elastic and loss moduli.


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