• Material Characterization

 

Francelab is offering through its worldwide partners a wide range of high technology instruments for Research and Development and Quality Control laboratories in the field of Ceramics, Composites, Electronics & Semiconductors, Geology & Mineralogy, Polymers, Nanotechnology, Metal, Rubber, Textile and Thin Films.

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Atomic Force Microscopy

Principles:

Atomic force microscopy is a very high-resolution type of scanning probe microscopy, providing 3D surface profiles with sub-nanometric resolution, more than 1000 times better than the optical diffraction limit.

  • A sharp tip attached to a relatively soft cantilever is brought near the surface of the sample.
  • Cantilever deflection is measured by detecting displacement of a laser beam reflected on the back side of the cantilever.

AFM Modes and applications

  • Contact AFM
  • Semi-contact / intermittent contact AFM
  • True Non-contact AFM
  • Topography / Phase Imaging
  • Lateral Force Microscopy (LFM)
  • Force Modulation

Also available on the same platform:

  • STM (Scanning Tunneling Microscopy)
  • SFM (Shear Force Microscopy)
  • Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM)
  • Kelvin Probe (Surface Potential Microscopy)
  • Capacitance and Electric Force Microscopy (EFM)
  • Force curve measurements
  • Piezo Response Force Microscopy
  • Nanolithography; Nanoindentation; Nanomanipulation

Key Applications

  • Material Science
  • Nanolithography
  • Polymers
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Sensors
  • Life Science

The SmartSPM 1000 Scanning Probe Microscope is the first 100% automated system that offers its cutting-edge technology of ultra-fast, metrological and high resolution measurements for the most advanced materials research at the nano scale in all AFM and STM modes.

Features:

The OmegaScope 1000 is a state-of-the-art turn-key solution that combines confocal NanoRaman/ Fluorescence spectroscopy and ultra resolution multi-range research AFM enabling TERS (Tip Enhanced Raman Scattering) mapping.

The CombiScope 1000 Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) is an advanced research instrument that provides the entry path for researchers in materials science, biology, spectroscopy and photonics.