Application & technical notes

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Advanced Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (KPFM)

Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) is one of the essential electrical modes in scanning probe microscopy. It is measuring a fundamental physical property of materials – a surface potential

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Characterization of Polyethylene with DriveAFM

Polyethylene (PE) is a semicrystalline polymer and is one of the most widely produced plastics globally for use in consumer goods and packaging with wide-ranging applications. Shopping bags, milk b...

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Exploring Nanoscale Organization of Normal Alkanes on HOPG Substrate with DriveAFM

AFM studies of normal and ultra-long alkanes reveal a set of fine structural features related to the lateral chain folding and lamellar architecture in their layers on HOPG. The formation of these...

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Studies of Self-Organization of Semi-Fluorinated Alkanes on Different Substrates with DriveAFM

The capabilities of visualization of semi-fluorinated alkanes with dynamic mode AFM are demonstrated in this document. Diverse nanoscale structures were observed in adsorbates of semi-fluorinated a...

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Determining mass of individual micron-sized particles using PicoBalance and FluidFM® probes

Micron-sized particles are commercially available in a wide range of materials such as polymers, (magnetic) metals, glass and ceramics. They have applications in biology, medicine, material science...

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Evaluating AFM as an analysis tool for graphene

Graphene is the most famous member of the 2D materials family: a sheet of covalently bonded carbon atoms in a hexagonal lattice in which the thickness has been reduced to a single atom. This unique...

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Scanning Microwave Microscopy (SMM)

Over the last few decades, the drive to miniaturize electronics has increased the demand for nano-electrical characterization methods. Understanding the local electronic material properties, such a...

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Variable magnetic field generator

The variable magnetic field generator is an accessory for Nanosurf’s CoreAFM, FlexAFM and DriveAFM. The VMFSH enables AFM measurements in a variable in-plane magnetic field.

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In-situ study of anti-wear tribofilm formation

Prashant Mittal and Nitya Nand Gosvami, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Tribofilms Tribofilms are thin tribochemical films formed under high contact pressure and temperature at...

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Piezo-response Force Microscopy (PFM)

Piezo Response Force Microscopy (PFM) The word “piezo” is derived from the Greek word piezein, meaning “to press tightly”. Piezoelectricity is the ability of a material to convert mechanical...

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CleanDrive: Photothermal Excitation of the Cantilever

Nanosurf introduces CleanDrive - a clean and reliable way to oscillate an AFM cantilever using photothermal excitation. CleanDrive uses a near IR 785 nm laser aimed at the base of the cantilever to...

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