Scanning Microscopy


Preliminary observation of the heat softening of self-assembled polystyrene latex arrays on the submicron scale using atomic force microscopy is reported. Samples of latex self-assembled arrays have been studied in the temperature range from the room temperature up to 120°C. It has been shown that the submicron scale structure remains stable up to the softening point of polystyrene. The experimental set-up used is described and the results obtained are discussed.

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