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Nanomechanical Mapping with Resonance Tracking Scanned Probe Microscope



Anthony B. Kos, Donna C. Hurley


We present a new digital-signal-processor-based resonance tracking system for scanned probe microscopy (SPM) imaging. The system was developed to enable quantitative imaging of mechanical properties with nanoscale spatial resolution at practical data acquisition rates. It consists of a 32-bit floating-point digital signal processor connected to a high-resolution audio coder/decoder subsystem, an rms-to-dc converter, and a voltage-controlled oscillator. These components are used in conjunction with a commercial atomic force microscope to create a versatile platform for SPM mechanical mapping. Images of a glass-fiber/polymer matrix composite sample are presented to demonstrate system performance.
Review of Scientific Instruments


atomic force acoustic microscopy, atomic force microscope, contact-resonance spectroscopy, digital signal processor, elastic modulus, rms-to-dc converter, scanned probe microscopy


Kos, A. and Hurley, D. (2007), Nanomechanical Mapping with Resonance Tracking Scanned Probe Microscope, Review of Scientific Instruments, [online], (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created November 22, 2007, Updated October 12, 2021