Acoustic dynamic force microscopy in liquids is a fundamental technique for the investigation of biological samples under physiological conditions. However, it shows an important drawback that consists of producing a myriad of resonance peaks, known as the forest of peaks, which hides the natural resonance frequency of the cantilever and prevents an optimum operation of the microscope. In this work, we propose a simple remedy for this problem, which consists on adding a small clay damper to the dither piezoelectric. The resulting frequency spectrum exhibits a single resonance peak that is comparable with the one obtained using magnetic excitation.
Cutting down the forest of peaks in acoustic dynamic atomic force microscopy in liquid
C. Carrasco, P. Ares, P. J. de Pablo, J. Gómez-Herrero; Cutting down the forest of peaks in acoustic dynamic atomic force microscopy in liquid. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1 December 2008; 79 (12): 126106. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3053369
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