Jonathan D. Adams, Patrick L. T. M. Frederix, and Christian A. Bippes
Atomic force microscopy is a powerful technique for measurement and mapping of nanoscale topography and electrical and mechanical sample properties. The Nanosurf DriveAFM is a new generation instrument that combines ease of use and high performance through full motorization, CleanDrive photothermal excitation, and a mechanical and electrical design that allows for both high-resolution and large-range imaging. In this article, the creators of the DriveAFM describe the technical concepts and benefits of features that make the DriveAFM unique. Application examples highlight the broad application range that the DriveAFM masters.