Sensors 2012, 12(3), 3200-3203; doi:10.3390/s120303200
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Direct Measurement of Lateral Force Using Dual Cantilevers

Received: 27 January 2012; in revised form: 29 February 2012 / Accepted: 2 March 2012 / Published: 7 March 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ultra-Small Sensor Systems and Components)
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Abstract: We have constructed an experimental system to measure a piconewton lateral force using dual cantilevers which cross with each other. The resolution of the lateral force is estimated to be 3.3 p ± 0.2 pN, which is comparable to forces due to thermal fluctuation. This experimental apparatus works so easily that it will enable us to determine forces during nano-manipulation and nano-tribological measurements.
Keywords: lateral force; dual cantilevers; piconewton
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Ishikawa, M.; Ichikawa, M.; Miura, K. Direct Measurement of Lateral Force Using Dual Cantilevers. Sensors 2012, 12, 3200-3203.

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Ishikawa M, Ichikawa M, Miura K. Direct Measurement of Lateral Force Using Dual Cantilevers. Sensors. 2012; 12(3):3200-3203.

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Ishikawa, Makoto; Ichikawa, Masaya; Miura, Kouji. 2012. "Direct Measurement of Lateral Force Using Dual Cantilevers." Sensors 12, no. 3: 3200-3203.

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