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# Cantilever selection for measuring adhesion force

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Hi,

We are trying to measure the adhesion force between 48 Mm silica beads and silica substrate , and based on the theoretical model the expected value of adhesion is around 10 micro N , so what is the proper type of cantilever should we use???

Thanks

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You should choose a cantilever that is sensitive as possible, but does not cause the deflection measurement to saturate or become non-linear.

The force is the spring constant times the deflection sensitivity times the detector voltage (F=K*Sd*V).  If we know K for a given probe type and we know the approximate Sd (this depends on probe type, head, microscope type, and laser spot position), we can calculate the approximate detector voltage.  For best linearity the detector voltage should be in the range -2V to +2V (the system can measure up to +/-12V, but it is less linear, so accuracy will usually be less).

For example, some ballpark numbers for the Multimode are:

 F (nN) K (N/m) ~Sd (nm/V) V Probe 10000 350 75 0.380952 DNISP-HS 10000 150 75 0.888889 DNISP 10000 150 30 2.222222 TAP525A 10000 48 50 4.166667 LTESPA

Based on that I'd start with a TAP525A probe and see how it works.

--Bede

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Verified by David Durham

You should choose a cantilever that is sensitive as possible, but does not cause the deflection measurement to saturate or become non-linear.

The force is the spring constant times the deflection sensitivity times the detector voltage (F=K*Sd*V).  If we know K for a given probe type and we know the approximate Sd (this depends on probe type, head, microscope type, and laser spot position), we can calculate the approximate detector voltage.  For best linearity the detector voltage should be in the range -2V to +2V (the system can measure up to +/-12V, but it is less linear, so accuracy will usually be less).

For example, some ballpark numbers for the Multimode are:

 F (nN) K (N/m) ~Sd (nm/V) V Probe 10000 350 75 0.380952 DNISP-HS 10000 150 75 0.888889 DNISP 10000 150 30 2.222222 TAP525A 10000 48 50 4.166667 LTESPA

Based on that I'd start with a TAP525A probe and see how it works.

--Bede

Thanks Bede!

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Points 125 This may be a bit out of the topic but I would also like to inquire what suggestions you may have for measurements of elastic modulus for ceramic samples  with roughness of 0.4-2 microns..

Thank you

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