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Analytical and numerical analysis of imaging mechanism of dynamic scanning electron microscopy.
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PMID:  23060608     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The direct observation of small oscillating structures with the help of a scanning electron beam is a new approach to study the vibrational dynamics of cantilevers and microelectromechanical systems. In the scanning electron microscope, the conventional signal of secondary electrons (SE, dc part) is separated from the signal response of the SE detector, which is correlated to the respective excitation frequency for vibration by means of a lock-in amplifier. The dynamic response is separated either into images of amplitude and phase shift or into real and imaginary parts. Spatial resolution is limited to the diameter of the electron beam. The sensitivity limit to vibrational motion is estimated to be sub-nanometer for high integration times. Due to complex imaging mechanisms, a theoretical model was developed for the interpretation of the obtained measurements, relating cantilever shapes to interaction processes consisting of incident electron beam, electron-lever interaction, emitted electrons and detector response. Conclusions drawn from this new model are compared with numerical results based on the Euler-Bernoulli equation.
M-A Schröter; M Holschneider; H Sturm
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nanotechnology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1361-6528     ISO Abbreviation:  Nanotechnology     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101241272     Medline TA:  Nanotechnology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  435501     Citation Subset:  -    
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), D-12200 Berlin, Germany.
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