Equipment

Scanning and Local Probe Equipment / Instrumentation

018 pico plus

Agilent AFM

Range

  • 90μm ✕ 90 μm ✕ 7 μm closed-loop scanner
  • 9 μm ✕ 9 μm ✕ 2 μm open loop scanner

Noise floor

  • <5 Å (large scanner)
  • <1 Å (small scanner)

Controller

  • Ten 16-bit channels input
  • Four 24-bit channels out

Modes

  • Contact, tapping, lateral force, force spectroscopy, SKPM, MAC and Top MAC

Environment

  • Ambient, purged gas, fluid

 

Applications: Controlled-environment AFM (fluid, purged gas, temperature- programmed). Polymers, electrochemistry, force spectroscopy. Magnetically- excited AFM.

020 Asylum2

Asylum AFM

Modes available

  • Contact, AC (tapping) and Dual AC, 1-D forces, lateral force, nanolithography, Electrostatic Force, Kelvin probe, conductive AFM, Magnetic Force, piezoelectric force, thermal AFM

Scan axes

  • 90μm x 90μm ✕ 15μm closed loop

Z noise

  • <0.06nm 0.1Hz-1kHz BW

Cantilever noise

  • <0.02nm Adev, 0.1Hz-1kHz BW.

Analog to Digital Converters

  • One 16-bit, 5 MHz channel

Digital to Analog Converters

  • Five 16-bit 100kHz channel

Direct Digital Synthesizer

  • Six 24-bit 100kHz channels, plus two 10-bit 10MHz summed on a singleDAC

Applications: Force curves in contact or AC modes, frictional force imaging. Nanolithography, electrostatic force microscopy, and scanning surface potential. Conductive AFM, magnetic and piezoresponse force microscopy.

019 Icon 2

Bruker Icon AFM

X-Y scan range

  • 90μm × 90 μm × 10 μm

Vertical noise floor

  • <30 pm RMS

Current sensitivity

  • pA to μA

Motorized position stage (X-Y axis)

  • 180mm × 150mm
  • 210mm vacuum chuck

AFM modes

  • PeakForce (with quantitative nanomechanics), tapping, contact, lateral force, magnetic force spectroscopy, Kelvin probe, conductive AFM, tunneling AFM, electrostatic force, magnetic force, piezoelectric force, torsional resonance mode.

Applications: Nano-mechanics, whole-wafer inspection, scanning conductivity/resistance microscopy. Electrical measurements of soft materials.

022 STM

HV STM

Omicron STM-1 scanner

  • 2 μm XY range
  • 20-50 pA min current

RHK SPM 1000 controller

  • 10 channel input
  • 26-bit resolution
  • complete signal access

Vacuum capability

  • 10-8 mtorr

Accessories

  • LEED, sample annealing, lockin amplifiers, optical excitation

Applications: Atomically resolved imaging, density of states/bandgap analysis, photon-stimulated electrical properties, and nano-gap electrodes

017 Probe

Probe Station

Probe arms

  • 4 ✕ 0-1GHz
  • 2 ✕ 1-20 GHz

Vacuum

  • 10-6 torr

Lockin amplifiers

  • SRS 830, SRS 844

Impedance analyzer

Agilent E5061B 5Hz-3GHz

Network analyzer

  • Agilent N5230C 10MHz-20GHz

Temperature Range

  • LHe-50 °C

Electrometer

  • Kiethley 6517A

Function generators

  • SRS DS345 30MHz

Programming interface

  • Labview

Applications: Conductance, resistance, impedance, capacitance measurements of circuits, devices, and resonators.

016 Raman-NSOM

Raman-NSOM

AFM scanners

  • 1μm, 10μm, and 100μm XY range

Optical heads

  • 7 NA 100 x upright air lens
  • 3 NA 100 x inverted

Confocal Raman

  • Adjustable pinhole size and objective lens alignment

Spectrometer

  • 1800, 600, and 150/mm gratings and 75/mm Echele. Cooled CCD/EMCCD detector.

AFM modes

  • Contact, tapping, force mapping, Kelvin probe, conductive AFM, lateral force. Tuning fork AFM allows custom-cut and etched metal probes.

Environmental control

  • Enclosures for each scanner for gas purge. Heated sample stage, fluid cell.

Simultaneous AFM/Raman

  • Keeps samples of varying topography in focus

Near Field Scanning Optical Microscopy (NSOM)

  •  AFM-aperture optical microscopy is available in transmission mode

Applications: Simultaneous chemical and topographic/mechanical analysis. In situ temperature measurement. AFM-aperture optical microscopy. Optical devices such as semiconductor lasers, waveguides, and plasmonic devices Investigation of cellular tissue, DNA, viruses and other biological objects. Nanotubes, nanowires, and quantum dots.

014 TIRF

TIRF

Modes available

  • Contact, AC (tapping) and dual AC, 1-D forces, lateral force, nanolithography, electrostatic force, Kelvin probe, conductive AFM, magnetic force, piezoelectric force, thermal AFM

Scan axes

  • 90μm ✕ 90μm ✕15 μm closed loop

Z noise

  • <0.06nm 0.1Hz-1kHz BW

Cantilever noise

  • <0.02nm Adev, 0.1Hz-1kHz BW

Accessories

  • Micromanipulator, nano-injector, temperature-controlled chamber

Bio prep-space

  • CO2 incubator, Bio-safety cabinet

Optics

  • 641, 532, 488 nm lasers
  • Cascade II EMCCD camera with dual view filter
  • Nikon inverted optical microscope
  • 10✕, 40✕, 100 ✕ objectives

Applications: Mechanics of cells, tissues, and polymers. Tagging and identification of cells, proteins, and molecules. Controlled dosing of samples via micropipette. Controlled environment (fluid, temperature) experiments.

021 UHV

UHV VT AFM

Scan range

  • 10 μm x 10 μm x 1.5 μm

Z – resolution 0.01 nm

  • 01 nm

Tunneling current:

  • < 1pA – 330 nA

Gap voltage

  • ± 5 mV to ± 10 V; applied to tip/cantilever, sample grounded

Vacuum achievable:

  • 10-11 mbar or better

Sample size

  • 3mm x 9mm 7mm diameter

Temp range

  • 100K – 1500 K

Imaging modes

  • Contact, tapping, and FM noncontact

Accessories

  • LEED, Auger electron spectroscopy
  • Evaporator, leak valves for controlled gas environment, sputter gun

Controller

  • 20-bit, <25μV noise @ 60kHz up to 24 data acquisition signals

Applications: Atomically-resolved imaging of surfaces. Surface reconstruction. Friction and adhesion measurements. Surface potential and conductive AFM. Scanning Gate Microscopy. Scanning Kelvin Probe + Local dielectric AFM.