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The sample (green/white) absorbs infrared laser light (purple) at wavelengths determined by its chemical composition, causing it to expand, which deflects the AFM cantilever. Bottom left: The AFM detects the height of two small polystyrene particles and a large polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) particle. Bottom right: The light is tuned to be absorbed only by PMMA but not by polystyrene. Combining the data and recording chemical images at different wavelengths produces a map of the surface's topography and chemistry.

Image Credit: Centrone/NIST - used with permission
The sample (green/white) absorbs infrared laser light (purple) at wavelengths determined by its chemical composition, causing it to expand, which deflects the AFM cantilever. Bottom left: The AFM detects the height of two small polystyrene particles and a large polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) particle. Bottom right: The light is tuned to be absorbed only by PMMA but not by polystyrene. Combining the data and recording chemical images at different wavelengths produces a map of the surface's topography and chemistry.

Image Credit: Centrone/NIST - used with permission

Abstract:
Anasys Instruments reports on the NIST announcement in their Tech Beat publication which describes the work of Andrea Centrone and his colleagues demonstrating the use of AFM-IR for chemical composition studies at nanoscale resolution.

Anasys reports on NIST announcement illustrating chemical composition with nanoscale resolution using AFM-IR

Santa Barbara, CA | Posted on February 27th, 2013

The latest work from NIST researchers applying photothermal induced resonance (PTIR), a technique also referred to as AFM-IR, has just been reported in NIST's newsletter, Tech Beat.

Photothermal induced resonance (PTIR) has recently attracted great interest for enabling chemical identification and imaging with nanoscale resolution. In this paper, electron beam nanopatterned polymer samples are fabricated directly on 3D zinc selenide prisms and used to experimentally evaluate the PTIR lateral resolution, sensitivity and linearity. The authors have shown that PTIR lateral resolution for chemical imaging is comparable to the lateral resolution obtained in the atomic force microscopy height images, up to the smallest feature measured (100 nm). Spectra and chemical maps are produced from the thinnest sample analyzed (40 nm). More importantly, experiments show for the first time that the PTIR signal increases linearly with thickness for samples up to ≈ 1 μm (linearity limit). This is necessary if the PTIR technique is to be used for quantitative chemical analysis at the nanoscale.

Their analysis of thicker samples provides the first evidence that the previously- developed PTIR signal generation theory is correct. It is believed that the findings of this work will foster nanotechnology development in disparate applications by proving the basis for quantitative chemical analysis with nanoscale resolution. Speaking of the importance of this work, Dr Centrone said "What's extraordinary is that we can see that the chemical map is not necessarily correlated to the height or size of the physical features on the sample surface. We get independent details of both the surface's physical features and its chemical properties. This result is unmatched by other near-field techniques."

These views are echoed by Anasys CTO, Dr Craig Prater. He says "We are excited by this excellent work by Dr Centrone and his co-workers. We applaud NIST's research and involvement in advancing nanoscale characterization of materials using AFM-based spectroscopy."

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