Atomic-scale friction measurements in ultra-high vacuum

Maier S, Gnecco E, Meyer E (2015)

Publication Type: Book chapter / Article in edited volumes

Publication year: 2015


Publisher: Springer Verlag

Series: NanoScience and Technology

Book Volume: 31

Pages Range: 95-114

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-10560-4_6


This chapter reviews friction force microscopy experiments that reveal atomic-scale processes in single asperity contacts during sliding. Different regimes of atomic friction will be discussed including smooth sliding with low dissipation and the dissipative atomic stick-slip motion, where the tip jumps from one lattice site to the next. Furthermore, effects owing to finite temperatures, varying scan velocity and the influence of surface structures on the atomic friction are presented. Finally, the empirical Prandtl-Tomlinson model is introduced, which explains well the main observations in atomic-scale friction force microscopy experiments.

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Maier, S., Gnecco, E., & Meyer, E. (2015). Atomic-scale friction measurements in ultra-high vacuum. In (pp. 95-114). Springer Verlag.


Maier, Sabine, Enrico Gnecco, and Ernst Meyer. "Atomic-scale friction measurements in ultra-high vacuum." Springer Verlag, 2015. 95-114.

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