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The Quartz Crystal Microbalance in Soft Matter Research

Part of the series Soft and Biological Matter pp 337-341

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Practical Consequences of Piezoelectric Stiffening

  • Diethelm JohannsmannAffiliated withInstitute of Physical Chemistry, Clausthal University of Technology Email author 

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Abstract

Piezoelectric stiffening can be exploited to probe the sample’s electrical impedance. Conversely, the electrical impedance of the sample and the circuitry around the crystal can influence on the resonance frequency. Some precautions must be taken to avoid the corresponding artifacts.