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With an average of >15 years of AFM experience across our sales, service and development teams, Nanosurf is perfectly equipped to help you choose the best AFM for your application, or tailor a system that exactly matches your requirements.

Alphacen 300

The tip-scanning AFM for
heavy and large samples up to 300 mm

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    Evaluation of electrical and magnetic signals in heat resistant alloys

    A team of materials science researchers led by G.R. Pereira at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil used KPFM and MFM to evaluate heat resistant steel alloys as a function of aging. The various steel sampl...

  • Two webinars coming up in July

    Two webinars coming up in July

    Nanosurf's sales partner Quantum Design Italy is hosting two webinars in July, featuring one of the top experts in the field, our application and service scientist Dr. Christian Bippes. Check out the webinars below, and...

  • Dominik Ziegler joins Nanosurf as the Chief Technology Officer

    Dominik Ziegler joins Nanosurf as the Chief Technology Officer

    Nanosurf is proud to announce the addition of Dominik Ziegler to our development and management teams at our headquarters in Switzerland. As CTO he will be responsible for all research and product development activities...

  • Nanomechanical indentation measurements with force spectroscopy

    Nanomechanical indentation measurements with force spectroscopy

    In the realm of nanomechanical measurements, AFM is especially suited to working with soft materials due to its piconewton force resolution and sub-nanometer vertical displacement accuracy. One of the most popular AFM-b...

  • Stability and Functionality of Plasma Polymerized films

    Stability and Functionality of Plasma Polymerized films

    Plasma polymerized (pp) organic polymer thin films are of interest to the biosensor development community. The polymer films that are rich in oxygen functionalities are especially attractive due to their ability to cova...

  • Advanced cantilever-based techniques for virus research

    Advanced cantilever-based techniques for virus research

    During last century humans have endured multiple severe viral outbreaks including the Spanish flu and other influenza epidemics, HIV, SARS-CoV, MERS, Ebola and the recent SARS-CoV2. During this period, science has made...

AFM Theory: Learn how AFM works and all about AFM modes

Due to its flexibility, the atomic force microscope has become a common tool for material characterization alongside optical and electron microscopy, achieving resolutions down to the nanometer scale and beyond. The AFM can operate in environments from ultra-high vacuum to fluids, and therefore cuts across all disciplines from physics and chemistry to biology and materials science. This article describes the operating principle and most common measurement modes of atomic force microscopy, and some of the many properties that can be measured with AFM on the nanoscale.