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Quartz crystal microbalances, Microelectromechanical systems, Surfaces (Technology), Shear flow -- Mathematical models, Sliding friction -- Measurement


The high-speed tribological properties of microscale contacts are studied using an indenter probe and quartz crystal microbalance. Elastic and dissipative shear forces are monitored as a function of contact radius for sapphire/gold interfaces with an adsorbed octadecanethiol monolayer. We observe shear force transitions understood as taking the interface from slipping to stuck conditions. We relate this behavior to the presence of interfacial microslip. Dynamic modeling shows that our observations are consistent with an interface that, when sliding, experiences full slip during half of each cycle. We discuss the implications for this technique as a sensitive probe of sliding friction.


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*At the time of publication Adam M. Booth was affiliated with Grinnell College



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