We have developed a method for fabricating a carbon nanotube (CNT) tip for an atomic force microscope (AFM). To attach a CNT to the tip apex, we used dielectrophoresis (DEP) with a non-uniform electric field. After inserting a drop of CNT solution and applying an AC electric field between a metal-coated AFM tip and an electrode plate, CNTs were deposited directly on the tip so that they protruded from the tip. We fabricated tips with individual multi-walled carbon nanotubes and found the experimental conditions that gave high fabrication yields. From AFM measurements of the nanoscale anodized aluminium oxide (AAO) structure, we have shown that a CNT tip assembled using DEP can produce high-resolution images and have a good wear resistance.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering