Georg Hähner

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In atomic force microscopy (AFM) a sharp tip fixed close to the free end of a cantilever beam interacts with a surface. The interaction can be described by a point-mass model of an equivalent oscillator with a single spring located at the position of the tip. However, other spring constants have to be used to describe the oscillation behavior correctly if(More)
Synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques have contributed significantly to a better understanding of the properties of materials on the macroscopic and microscopic scale over the last decades. They can be applied to samples from a diversity of fields, including Biology, Life Sciences, Chemistry and Materials. One of these techniques is Near Edge X-Ray(More)
Micro- and nanocantilevers are increasingly employed as mass sensors. Most studies consider the first flexural mode and adsorbed masses that are either discretely attached or homogeneously distributed along the entire length of the cantilever. We derive general expressions that allow for the determination of the total attached mass with any mass(More)
Knowledge of the spring constants of microcantilevers is vital in atomic force microscopy and for cantilever-based devices that are, for example, employed as probes in biomedical applications. We compare two recently developed hydrodynamic methods for the determination of the normal spring constant of microcantilevers. Both approaches are non-invasive when(More)
We demonstrate a novel approach to determine the normal spring constant of microcantilevers. The cantilevers are placed parallel to a fluid flow thus establishing one of the walls of the flow channel. Resonance frequencies are recorded depending on the velocity of the fluid. The pressure gradient resulting from the flow causes the resonance frequency to(More)
We demonstrate that the thermal response of uncalibrated atomic force microscope cantilevers can be used to extract the density and the viscosity of viscous liquids with good accuracy. Temperature dependent thermal noise spectra were measured in water/poly(ethylene glycol) mixtures. Empirical parameters characteristic of the resonance behavior of the system(More)
A method suitable for the calibration of the spring constants of all torsional and lateral eigenmodes of micro- and nanocantilever sensors is described. Such sensors enable nanomechanical measurements and the characterization of nanomaterials, for example with atomic force microscopy. The method presented involves the interaction of a flow of fluid from a(More)
Self-assembled alkyl chain based monolayers on mica are important for industrial and technological processes since they can be employed for an organic modification of the inorganic substrate. The conformational structure and orientational order of the films determine the interaction of the modified substrate with the environment and the chemical character(More)
The excellent biocompatibility of titanium and its alloys is intimately related with the properties of the surface in contact with the biological environment, and therefore it is closely connected with the stable, passivating oxide layer that forms on its surface. In the present paper, the oxide layer on the alloy Ti6Al7Nb has been characterized using X-ray(More)
A method for the simultaneous calibration of the spring constants of all flexural modes of microcantilevers is presented. It is based on a flow of gas from a microchannel that interacts with the microcantilever. The gas flow causes a measurable shift in the resonance frequencies of thermal noise spectra of the flexural modes. From the magnitude of the(More)