Nanoscale Imaging of Mechanical Properties by Ultrasonic Force Microscopy (UFM)

  • Oleg Kolosov
  • Andrew Briggs
  • Kazushi Yamanaka
  • Walter Arnold
Part of the Acoustical Imaging book series (ACIM, volume 22)


Acoustic microscopy1 enables the elastic properties of materials to be imaged and measured with submicron spatial resolution limited only by the wavelength of the ultrasound. Nevertheless, there are practical reasons why this resolution cannot be increased indefinitely. Therefore, in order to improve the spatial resolution below the wavelengths presently available, a near field technique is needed. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) offers the resolution required2, but by itself AFM does not measure material properties; in its usual mode it gives an image of the topography of a surface at constant normal force.


Atomic Force Microscopy Subsurface Damage Acoustic Microscopy Cantilever Deflection Atomic Force Microscopy System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oleg Kolosov
    • 1
  • Andrew Briggs
    • 1
  • Kazushi Yamanaka
    • 2
  • Walter Arnold
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MaterialsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering LaboratoryTsukuba. IbarakiJapan
  3. 3.Fraunhofer Institute for Non-destructive testingSaarbruckenGermany

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