Adhesion on the Nanometer Scale

Adhesion, wear, and friction are closely related to interactions and mechanical responses occurring between and within nanometer-sized surface structures. Thus, besides being interesting in its own right, the study of material properties on this length scale provides the basis for an understanding of phenomenologically well-known macroscopic features on a fundamental level. Experimentally, the nanometer regime has become accessible by the development of scanning tunneling microscopy. Interaction mechanics on the nanometer scale are addressed in this paper from this perspective both in terms of theoretical concepts and recent experimental work.

By: U. Duerig and A. Stalder

Published in: Proceedings of NATO ARW on Nanoscale Science: The Physics of Sliding Friction, vol. 311edited by B.N.J. Persson and E. Tosatti. , Dordrecht, Kluwer, p.299-323 in 1996

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