Micro- and Nanomechanical Biosensors

Authored by: María Arroyo-Hernández , Priscila M. Kosaka , Johann Mertens , Montserrat Calleja , Javier Tamayo

Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075465
eBook ISBN: 9781420075496
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Cantilevers were initially developed for atomic force microscopy (AFM), where they were demonstrated to be sensitive enough to allow imaging of surfaces with an atomic resolution. When cantilevers are used as probes for AFM, they need an integrated tip at the free end. This sharp tip allows detecting changes in the topography while scanning the surface with sub-nanometer scale sensitivity in the vertical direction and with high lateral resolution.

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