Tribology Letters

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 125–128

Theoretical analysis of atomic-scale friction in frictional-force microscopy

  • N. Sasaki
  • M. Tsukada
  • S. Fujisawa
  • Y. Sugawara
  • S. Morita
Article

Abstract

We perform a theoretical analysis of frictional-force microscopy(FFM) images of a cleaved graphite surface. The Tomlinson model with a single-atom tip is powerful for reproducing experimental FFM images. A mapping relation between the tip atom position and the cantilever basal position obtained by a stable equilibrium condition, gives a clear explanation of the physical meaning of FFM image patterns.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Sasaki
  • M. Tsukada
  • S. Fujisawa
  • Y. Sugawara
  • S. Morita

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