Forces between mica surfaces, prepared in different ways, across aqueous and nonaqueous liquids confined to molecularly thin films.


We have measured normal and lateral interactions across a range of different liquids between mica surfaces using a surface force balance (SFB). The mica surfaces were prepared either by melt cutting using Pt wire and standard procedures in our laboratories or by tearing sheets (that had not been exposed to Pt) off from a freshly cleaved sheet of mica. AFM… (More)