Scanning Thermal Microscopy

  • Bernard Cretin
  • Séverine Gomès
  • Nathalie Trannoy
  • Pascal Vairac
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 107)


Fundamental research and continued miniaturisation of systems (materials or components) have instigated and still require today the development of specific investigative methods for studying phenomena or properties in many areas of science. This Chapter is concerned with a whole range of methods based on near-field microscopy and developed for the study of micro- and nanoheat transfer. Section 1 describes the working principles of various near-field microscopes as a prerequisite to understanding how they are put to use in the study of heat transfer. Section 2 discusses the type of information than can be obtained and describes the main developments that have given access to such information. Section 3 describes a certain type of local probe microscopy that plays an important part in the science of microheat transfer.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Cretin
    • 1
  • Séverine Gomès
    • 2
  • Nathalie Trannoy
    • 3
  • Pascal Vairac
    • 1
  1. 1.Department LPMOFEMTO-ST InstituteBesançon Cedex
  2. 2.UMR 5008, INSA de LyonCentre de Thermique de LyonVilleurbanne Cedex
  3. 3.UTAP/ Laboratoire d’Energétique et d’Optique, EA 3802, Université de ReimsReims Cedex

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