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Characterization of surface damage via contact probes

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Journal publication date09/1996
JournalNanotechnology
Journal number3
Volume7
Number of pages7
Pages288-294
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The mechanical performance of brittle structural materials, such as engineering ceramics, decreases drastically in the presence of cracks which are inevitably introduced during material preparation via machining and polishing. For functional brittle materials (glasses and semiconductors) their optical and electronic properties may also be affected by the presence of such cracks; furthermore, 'chemical damage' in the form of surface contamination may arise after polishing. We present here two contrasting methods, both utilizing the mechanical probing of a surface, to evaluate such damage.