Note: A scanning thermal probe microscope that operates in liquids

Aigouy, Lionel; Lalouat, Loïc; Mortier, Michel; Löw, Peter; Bergaud, Christian
March 2011
Review of Scientific Instruments;Mar2011, Vol. 82 Issue 3, p036106
Academic Journal
We have developed a scanning thermal probe microscope that operates in liquid environments. The thermal sensor is a fluorescent particle glued at the end of a sharp tungsten tip. Since light emission is a strongly thermally sensitive effect, the measurement of the particle fluorescence variations allows the determination of the temperature. No electrical wiring of the probe is needed. As a demonstrative example, we have measured the temperature map of a Joule-heated microheater immersed in a water/glycerol solution. Both topographical and thermal images are obtained with a good sensitivity.


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