Correlation of Nanowear Patterns to Viscoelastic Response in a Thin Polystyrene Melt

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Abstract

The response of a thin-film polystyrene melt to a raster-scanned scanning force microscope tip was investigated. At high temperatures the scanning process induced intricate pattern formation whose quantitative characteristics were compared at different temperatures and scan rates. The dependence of the patterns on temperature and scan rate was consistent with time-temperature superposition as described by the Williams-Landel-Ferry (WLF) equation. WLF analysis implies an increased glass transition temperature derived from elevated pressure beneath the tip. The latter provides an estimate of the radius of the affected film region near the tip.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-321
Number of pages5
JournalLangmuir
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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