PointProbe® Plus Contact Mode Short Cantilever -Au Coating
The new PointProbe® Plus (PPP) combines the well-known features of the proven PointProbe® series such as high application versatility and compatibility with most commercial SPMs with a further reduced and more reproducible AFM tip radius as well as a more defined AFM tip shape.
The NANOSENSORS™ PPP-CONTSCAu is an alternative AFM cantilever type for contact mode applications. The length of AFM cantilever is reduced with respect to the preferred contact mode type enabling easier exchange with non-contact mode AFM probes for some AFM instruments. Additionally, this AFM probe type allows the application for lateral or friction force mode.
The AFM probe offers unique features:
- AFM tip height 10 - 15 µm
- metallic conductivity of the AFM tip
- Au coating on both sides of the AFM cantilever
- chemically inert
- alignment grooves on backside of silicon holder chip
- precise alignment of the AFM cantilever position (within +/- 2 µm) when used with the Alignment Chip
- compatible with PointProbe® Plus XY-Alignment Series
A metallic layer (gold) is coated on both sides of the AFM cantilever. The AFM tip side coating enhances the conductivity of the AFM tip and allows electrical contacts - the typical AFM tip radius of curvature is less than 50nm. The detector side coating enhances the reflectivity of the laser beam by a factor of 2.5 and prevents light from interfering within the AFM cantilever. The coating process is optimized for stress compensation. The bending of the AFM cantilever due to stress is less than 3.5% of the AFM cantilever length.
Please note: Wear at the AFM tip can occur if operating in contact-, friction- or force modulation mode.
This AFM probe features alignment grooves on the back side of the holder chip. These grooves fit to the NANOSENSORS Alignment Chip.