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Indentation-formed nanocontacts: an atomic-scale perspective

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One-to-one comparisons between indentation experiments and atomistic modelling have until recently been hampered by the discrepancy in length scales of the two approaches. Here, we review progress in atomic-scale nanoindentation experiments employing scanning probe techniques to achieve depth-sensing indentation and field ion microscopy to permit detailed indenter characterization. This perspective addresses both mechanical (dislocation nucleation, defect structures, adhesion, indenter effects) and electronic (interface, disorder, and vacancy scattering) properties of indentation-formed contacts.

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The article was received on 19 Nov 2013, accepted on 11 Mar 2014 and first published on 17 Mar 2014

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP54869D
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Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 8201-8222

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    Indentation-formed nanocontacts: an atomic-scale perspective

    W. Paul, D. Oliver and P. Grütter, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 8201
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CP54869D

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