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Ultrananocrystalline Diamond on AFM Tip

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Created 03/17/2009

This SEM image shows an ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) coating on a heated AFM cantilever tip. The UNCD film was grown by Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. and is ~40 nm thick. The AFM tip has a radius of ~30 nm and is capable of reaching 1200 degrees C. These devices are used for studying surface metrology, fabricating nano-scale structures, and imaging surfaces in contact or tapping modes.

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  • William King , Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Patrick Fletcher , Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
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