Predictions and observations of multiple slip modes in atomic-scale friction

Sergey N. Medyanik*, Wing Kam Liu, In Ha Sung, Robert W. Carpick

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Using the quasistatic Tomlinson model as a simple representation of an atomic force microscope, conditions for transitions in atomic-scale friction behavior from smooth sliding to single slips and then multiple slip regimes are derived based on energy minimization. The calculations predict and give a general explanation for transitions between different stick-slip regimes in the limit of low damping. The predictions are consistent with experimental observations of these transitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number136106
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2006

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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