Static force AFM of stainless steel

The loading forces of the stylus and the radius were in the range of a few mN and 5µm, respectively. The penetration depth of the diamond stylus tip is 0.24µm. With the AFM which uses loading forces in the nN range (a million times smaller forces) it is possible to image polished surfaces damage free.


This scratch was produced on a stainless steel surface by a stylus profilometer, which is normally used in precision machinery manufacturing and quality control to measure the roughness of a machined surface.This AFM measurement was done in "Static Force" operating mode.

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Industrial solutions

In addition to our standard products we can design and develop custom-built atomic force microscope systems, stages, and parts. A dedicated team of highly qualified engineers is ready to create the optimal solution for your industrial application. For a first impression of what we can do, have a look at these examples.

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Flex-Axiom — AFM for materials research

By advancing key technologies and designs, Nanosurf has made the Flex-Axiom one of the most versatile and flexible atomic force microscopes ever, allowing a large variety of materials research applications to be handled with ease. Together with the powerful C3000 controller, complex material characterizations are possible.

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Flex-Bio — AFM for biology and life science

A key success factor in life science research is the combination of multiple techniques. With the Flex-Bio, Nanosurf's Bio AFM, you can combine the AFM imaging, spectroscopy and nanomanipulation capabilities of this system with the high-end optical imaging techniques available for inverted microscopes.