Friday, December 14, 2012

1212.3019 (Phil Attard)

How to Measure Forces when the Atomic Force Microscope shows Non-Linear

Phil Attard
A spreadsheet algorithm is given for the atomic force microscope that accounts for non-linear behavior in the deflection of the cantilever and in the photo-diode response. In addition, the data analysis algorithm takes into account cantilever tilt, friction in contact, and base-line artifacts such as drift, virtual deflection, and non-zero force. These are important for accurate force measurement and also for calibration of the cantilever spring constant. The zero of separation is determined automatically, avoiding human intervention or bias. The method is illustrated by analyzing measured data for the silica-silica drainage force and slip length.
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