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Heat transfer between a hot AFM tip and a cold sample: impact of the air pressure

  • Pierre-Olivier Chapuis (a1) (a2), Emmanuel Rousseau (a1) (a3), Ali Assy (a2), Séverine Gomès (a2), Stéphane Lefèvre (a2) and Sebastian Volz (a1)...


We observe the heat flux exchanged by the hot tip of a scanning thermal microscope, which is an instrument based on the atomic force microscope. We first vary the pressure in order to analyze the impact on the hot tip temperature. Then the distance between the tip and a cold sample is varied down to few nanometers, in order to reach the ballistic regime. We observe the cooling of the tip due to the tip-sample heat flux and compare it to the current models in the literature.



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