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Heterodyne force microscopy of PMMA/rubber nanocomposites: nanomapping of viscoelastic response at ultrasonic frequencies

Cuberes, M. T. and Assender, H. E. and Briggs, G. Andrew D. and Kolosov, Oleg (2000) Heterodyne force microscopy of PMMA/rubber nanocomposites: nanomapping of viscoelastic response at ultrasonic frequencies. Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics, 33 (19). pp. 2347-2355. ISSN 0022-3727

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Abstract

We present measurements of the nanoscale elastic and viscoelastic properties of samples of poly(methylmetacrylate) (PMMA)/rubber nanocomposites. For these studies we have used a new technique based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) with ultrasonic excitation, heterodyne force microscopy (HFM), which provides a means of testing the viscoelastic response of polymeric materials locally (in tip-probed regions) at MHz frequencies. Phase-HFM contrast distinguishes local differences in the dynamic response of PMMA/rubber composites. Comparison of HFM with other AFM-based techniques (ultrasonic force microscopy, friction force microscopy and force modulation microscopy), while imaging the same surface region, emphasizes the unique capabilities of HFM for these kinds of studies, and reveals key nanostructural characteristics of the composites. Some of the toughening particles appear to be broken down, with areas of PMMA detached from the surrounding matrix.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 57446
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2012 13:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:01
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57446

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