The compact research AFM that offers best value for money
|Compact by design, with a complete and streamlined feature set|
|A real performer that is both powerful and versatile|
|Simplicity and functionality that offer top value for money|
The CoreAFM is the result of intelligently combining the core components of AFM to achieve maximum versatility and user-friendliness. Due to this fundamental design approach, the CoreAFM is equipped to perform AFM at its best.
See for yourself how easy it is to prepare and operate the CoreAFM. Watch the video for a demonstration of the main features, and a brief tutorial on how to perform a measurement using this system.
Compact and complete
The fusion of a modern flexure-guided scanner, XYZ sample stage, camera, active vibration isolation table, and acoustic shielding in a single all-in-one unit results in a complete AFM system with an unparalleled compact footprint. The system comes with a fully digital 24-bit controller developed specifically for the CoreAFM scanhead. All the essential functions of modern AFM are integral components of the CoreAFM system; all you need to do to take the CoreAFM into operation is connect the controller, and plug in power and USB.
Powerful and versatile
State of the art electronics with 24-bit ADC and DAC ensure high-resolution XYZ driving of the 100×100×12 µm scanner and allow for low-noise force detection limited only by the cantilever. Thirty-two standard and optional modes with fully compatible add-ons make the CoreAFM the tool of choice for applications ranging from materials research to life science and electrochemistry. Starting from the basic CoreAFM system, its functionality can be seamlessly extended.
Deeper system integration of the Isostage is reflected in the unique SpikeGuard, which eliminates glitches during imaging. Although the Isostage is an active vibration isolation system, glitches can still occur when distortions are too severe. SpikeGuard detects such anomalies and rescans the line for a distortion-free image.
Included measurement modes
The CoreAFM can perform static force, dynamic force, phase imaging, MFM, lateral force, force modulation, standard spectroscopy, and standard lithography out of the box. You can however enhance your measurement experience with CoreAFM mode kits.
Included standard mode kits
By default, the CoreAFM comes with the static force mode kit, dynamic force mode kit, and phase imaging mode kit to get you started right away. Depending on the measurement mode, a mode kit may include samples, suitable cantilevers, accessories, or a combination thereof.
Additional standard mode kits
Additional standard-level mode kits that can be acquired separately are the standard spectroscopy kit, standard lithography kit, standard MFM mode kit, standard liquid mode kit, lateral force mode kit, and force modulation mode kit.
Advanced AFM modes and functionality like sample heating, environmental control, scripting, and many others can easily be added to your CoreAFM. For details and dependencies, see the overview graphic above and the primary and secondary add-on lists in the sidebar.
See the Nanosurf Webshop for compatible mode kits and options.
Enhance the CoreAFM's FluidFM® functionality with the Digital Inverted Microscope Option
The CoreAFM is a very versatile atomic force microscope, that can be used for a multitude of different types of research. The DIMO enhances your CoreAFM to allow optical view from below, replacing the need for a completely different AFM setup with an inverted microscope.
Enhanced viewing ability
Nanosurf has a long-standing collaboration with Cytosurge and has been developing FluidFM® solutions for FlexAFM since 2011, offering powerful applications for single cell analysis and manipulation. The DIMO upgrades the CoreAFM to also be capable of performing FluidFM®. It enhances your capabilities when using accessories like the petri dish holder (shown to the right).
|Max. scan range (XY)||100 µm||< 5 nm flatness|
|Max. height range (Z)||12 µm||closed loop|
|Detector noise (RMS)||typ. 60 pm||max. 100 pm|
|Sensor noise (RMS)||typ. 180 pm||max. 250 pm|
|Dynamic noise (RMS)||typ. 40 pm||max. 70 pm|
|Static noise (RMS)||typ. 100 pm||max. 200 pm|
|Scan control and inputs||24-bit ADC/DAC||200 kHz|
|Digital lock-in (2×)||16-bit ADC/DAC||20 MHz|
|User in/out, Excitation in||24-bit ADC/DAC||5 MHz, 10 V|
|Digital sync||2-bit line/frame sync out||5 V, TTL|
|Thermal tuning||10 Hz – 2 MHz|
|FPGA, 32-bit CPU, 256 MB RAM||programmable||USB 2.0|
Value for money
The minimalist and integrated design eliminates the need for additional acoustic shielding, camera housing, and so on, thus making every remaining component essential to its function. Less is more — in the case of the CoreAFM, more value for your money.
The CoreAFM and its accessories have been designed as part of a consistent system concept.
all leading to lower overall costs and higher general reusability
The result is an integrated, high-quality, high-performance, and versatile AFM system that offers the best price-to-performance ratio on the market. An atomic force microscope that is easy to use, robust, and easily extendable.
The CoreAFM brings you back to the essence of AFM: the measurement, not the machine!
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