Two omega method for active thermocouple microscopy

Thiery, Laurent; Gavignet, Eric; Cretin, Bernard
March 2009
Review of Scientific Instruments;Mar2009, Vol. 80 Issue 3, p034901
Academic Journal
We present a contribution to a new mode of scanning thermal microscopy (SThM) based on the use of thermoelectric junction operating in ac active mode. This is the first alternative to 3ω operating mode of a resistive SThM probe for measuring thermophysical parameters of materials at micro- and nanoscale. Whereas a current at ω frequency generates by Joule effect a 2ω thermal oscillation along the wires, the junction thermoelectric voltage can be measured by means of a differential bridge scheme associated to a lock-in amplifier. A thermal model is presented that confirms measurements performed in different situations with different wire probes. Values of thermal contact conductance of different materials have been extracted and a comparison has been performed between this technique and the resistive 3ω mode.


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