Do you want to find out how the NANOSENSORS self-sensing and self-actuating Akiyama Probe (A-Probe) works? Then have a look at this video with its stroboscopic motion views that demonstrate how the tuning fork prongs and the AFM cantilever are really vibrating. More than 500 people have already watched it.
The NANOSENSORS™ self-sensing and self-actuating Akiyama-Probe is based on a quartz tuning fork combined with a micromachined AFM cantilever. The great advantage of this type of AFM probe is that the user can benefit from the tuning fork’s extremely stable oscillation and at the same time from the silicon AFM cantilever’s reasonable spring constant with just one AFM probe.
Akiyama-Probe is equipped with a special version of the NANOSENSORS™ AdvancedTEC, a high-end sharp silicon AFM tip and has an excellent imaging capability on various samples with different properties, which is as high as that of a conventional optical lever system.
Akiyama-Probe requires neither optical detection, nor an external shaker. Akiyama-Probe occupies only a small space above the sample. These features make it very attractive for creating a new generation of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) instruments and has made it a very popular AFM probe among scientists building their own home-built SPMs.
Further application examples for the Akiyama Probe can also be found in the NANOSENSORS blog: