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Direct Observation of Friction at the Atomic Scale

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2011

Gary M. McClelland
Affiliation:
IBM Research Division, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA 95120-6099, USA
C. Mathew Mate
Affiliation:
IBM Research Division, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA 95120-6099, USA
Ragnar Erlandsson
Affiliation:
IBM Research Division, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA 95120-6099, USA
Shirley Chiang
Affiliation:
IBM Research Division, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA 95120-6099, USA
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Abstract

An atomic force microscope has been used to measure the frictional force on a tungsten tip sliding across the basal plane of graphite at low loads < 10-4 N. The frictional force displays the 2.5 Å periodicity of the graphite surface.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 1988

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