PPP-NCLR

Point Probe® Plus Non-Contact / Tapping Mode - Long Cantilever - Reflex 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 tip radius as well as a more defined tip shape. The typical tip radius of less than 7 nm and the minimized variation in tip shape provide more reproducible images and enhanced resolution.

NANOSENSORS™ PPP-NCLR AFM probes are designed for non-contact mode or tapping mode AFM (also known as: attractive or dynamic mode). The NCL type is offered as an alternative to NANOSENSORS™ high frequency non contact type (NCH). PPP-NCLR is recommended if the feedback loop of the microscope does not accept high frequencies (400 kHz) or if the detection system needs a minimum cantilever length > 125 µm. Compared to the high frequency non-contact type NCH the maximum scanning speed is slightly reduced. This probe type combines high operation stability with outstanding sensitivity and fast scanning ability.

The probe offers unique features:

  • guaranteed tip radius of curvature < 10 nm
  • tip height 10 - 15 µm
  • highly doped silicon to dissipate static charge
  • Al coating on detector side of cantilever
  • high mechanical Q-factor for high sensitivity
  • alignment grooves on backside of silicon holder chip
  • precise alignment of the cantilever position (within +/- 2 µm) when used with the Alignment Chip
  • compatible with PointProbe® Plus XY-Alignment Series

The reflex coating is an approximately 30 nm thick aluminum coating on the detector side of the cantilever which enhances the reflectivity of the laser beam by a factor of about 2.5. Furthermore it prevents light from interfering within the cantilever. The virtually stress-free coating is bending the cantilever less than 2% of the cantilever length.

This AFM probe features alignment grooves on the back side of the holder chip. These grooves fit to the NANOSENSORS Alignment Chip.

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Cantilever data:
Property Nominal Value Specified Range
Resonance Frequency [kHz] 190 146 - 236
Force Constant [N/m] 48 21 - 98
Length [µm] 225 215 - 235
Mean Width [µm] 38 30 - 45
Thickness [µm] 7 6 - 8
Order codes and shipping units:
Order Code AFM probes per pack Data sheet
PPP-NCLR-10 10 of all probes
PPP-NCLR-20 20 of all probes
PPP-NCLR-50 50
PPP-NCLR-W 380 of up to 32 probes
NANOSENSORS™ PointProbe® Plus AFM Probes