Chaotic Behavior Appearing in Dynamic Motions of Nanoscale Particles

  • K. Miura
  • R. Harada
  • M. Kato
  • M. Ishikawa
  • N. Sasaki
Part of the Lecture Notes in Nanoscale Science and Technology book series (LNNST, volume 5)


The case of one-directional motion, under which graphite and mica flakes are driven on an octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (OMCTS) liquid surface, is presented. The dynamical forces needed to move these bodies increase linearly with the logarithm of scanning velocity, which is a typical energy dissipation process. A transition from quasi-periodic to chaotic motions occurs in the dynamics of a graphite flake when its velocity is increased. The dynamics of graphite flakes pulled by the nanotip on an OMCTS liquid surface can be treated as that of a nanobody on a liquid. On the other hand, there do not appear chaotic motions in the dynamics of a mica flake because the contact area between a mica flake and an OMCTS liquid surface is larger than that between a graphite flake and an OMCTS liquid surface.


Friction Force Chaotic Motion Highly Orient Pyrolytic Graphite Graphite Flake Graphite Substrate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Miura
  • R. Harada
  • M. Kato
  • M. Ishikawa
  • N. Sasaki
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsAichi University of EducationIgaya-choJapan

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