In the atomic force microscope, the nanoscale force topography of even complex surface superstructures is extracted by the changing vibration frequency of a scanning tip. An alternative dissipation topography with similar or even better contrast has been demonstrated recently by mapping the (x, y)-dependent tip damping but the detailed damping mechanism is still unknown. Here we identify two different tip dissipation mechanisms: local mechanical softness and hysteresis. Motivated by recent data, we describe both of them in a one-dimensional model of Moire superstructures of incommensurate overlayers. Local softness at "soliton" defects yields a dissipation contrast that can be much larger than the corresponding density or corrugation contrast. At realistically low vibration frequencies, however, a much stronger and more effective dissipation is caused by the tip-induced nonlinear jumping of the soliton, naturally developing bistability and hysteresis. Signatures of this mechanism are proposed for experimental identification.
|Titolo:||AFM dissipation topography of soliton superstructures in adsorbed overlayers|
|Autori:||Negri C; Manini N; Vanossi A; Giuseppe E. Santoro; Tosatti E|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevB.81.045417|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|