Microcantilever Q Control Via Capacitive Coupling

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Title: Microcantilever Q Control Via Capacitive Coupling
Author: Hoffman, Jenny Eve; Huefner, Magdalena; Pivonka, Adam; Ye, Cun; Blood-Forsythe, Martin Ashby; Zech, Martin; Kim, Jeehoon

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Citation: Huefner, Magdalena, Adam Pivonka, Jeehoon Kim, Cun Ye, Martin A. Blood-Forsythe, Martin Zech, and Jennifer E. Hoffman. 2012. Microcantilever Q control via capacitive coupling. Applied Physics Letters 101(17): 173110.
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Abstract: We introduce a versatile method to control the quality factor Q of a conducting cantilever in an atomic force microscope (AFM) via capacitive coupling to the local environment. Using this method, Q may be reversibly tuned to within ~ 10% of any desired value over several orders of magnitude. A point-mass oscillator model describes the measured effect. Our simple Q control module increases the AFM functionality by allowing greater control of parameters such as scan speed and force gradient sensitivity, which we demonstrate by topographic imaging of a VO\(_{2}\) thin film in high vacuum.
Published Version: doi:10.1063/1.4764025
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