New methods of analyzing indentation experiments on very thin films

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Abstract - Indentation experiments on very thin films are analyzed by employing a rigorous solution to model elastic substrate effects. Two cases are discussed: elastic indentations where film and substrate are anisotropic, and elasto-plastic indentations where significant material pile-up occurs. We demonstrate that the elastic modulus of a thin film can be accurately measured in both cases, even if there is significant elastic mismatch between film and substrate. 

This manuscript has been accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Research.  

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