Asylum Research

 

Options and Accessories
For the MFP-3D™ Family AFMs

 

 

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Highlights

Nanomechanics and Thermal Properties

Electronic Response of Materials

Temperature and Environmental Control

Operating in Liquid Environments

Applying Additional External Driving Forces

Additional Options to Adapt to Your Needs

Cantilevers

 

Nanomechanics and Thermal Properties

 

AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

AM-FM mode combines the features and benefits of normal tapping mode with nanomechanical property mapping. Normal tapping mode provides non-invasive, high-resolution topographical imaging while the resonance of the second mode is analyzed to quantitatively estimate both the elastic and loss moduli of the material and the tip-sample dissipation.

 

 

 

Contact Resonance Viscoelastic Mapping Mode

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

Exclusive Asylum technologies like Dual AC™ Resonance Tracking (DART) and Band Excitation improve the sensitivity and accuracy of the contact resonance technique to enable quantitative mapping of both elasticity and viscoelastic damping for materials in the ~1GPa to 100’s GPa modulus range. Asylum offers two configurations, driving either the sample or the probe, for wide-band, frequency-independent actuation.

 

 

Fast Force Mapping Mode

Compatible only with the MFP-3D Infinity

Maps force-distance curves at high speed (up to 300Hz) while capturing every curve in the image. Both realtime and offline analysis models can be applied to calculate modulus, adhesion and other properties. Available only on the MFP-3D Infinity.

 

 

 

Ztherm Modulated Thermal Analysis

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

Ztherm™ provides the most sensitive and highest resolution melting and glass transition temperature analysis available. It uses patent-pending cantilever drift compensation and novel measurement techniques to provide highly localized heating with unprecedented sensitivity to material property changes in sub-zeptoliter volumes (<10-22 L).

 

 

Scanning Thermal Microscopy (SThM)

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

Novel microfabricated silicon probes and the SThM probe holder enable both single point and mapping measurements of temperature and thermal conductivity with higher resolution than conventional Wollaston-wire probes.

 

 

 

Electronic Response of Materials

 

ORCA Conductive AFM

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

ORCA™ provides conductive AFM imaging and I-V measurement capabilities. The standard module is capable of measuring currents from ~1pA to 20nA. Other current ranges and Dual Gain versions are available.

 

 

 

High Voltage Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM)

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

The Piezo Force Module enables operation at high tip biases up to ±220V for very high sensitivity and crosstalk-free measurements on piezoelectrics, including ferroelectrics, multiferroics, and even biological systems. (up to ±150V on MFP-3D Infinity)

 

 

Electrochemical Strain Microscopy (ESM)

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

ESM is a novel scanning probe microscopy technique that is capable of probing electrochemical reactivity and ionic flows in solids with unprecedented resolution.

 

 

 

 

Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM)

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

STM can be useful for high resolution imaging of conductive samples in air and provides complimentary information to AFM images.

 

 

Electrochemistry Cell

Version without heater is compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs. Version with heater is compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin and also requires the Environmental Controller.

The Electrochemistry Cell enables in situ studies of depostion, oxidation, corrosion, and mass transfer of metals and other materials. The cell can be operated in a fully sealed configuration and may be equipped for heating up to 60ºC.

 

 

 

 

Nanoscale Time Dependent Dielectric Breakdown (NanoTDDB)

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

NanoTDDB™ enables characterization of dielectric breakdown with nanoscale precision. Constant or ramped biases up to ±220V can be applied while monitoring current through a conductive AFM probe.

 

 

Scanning Microwave Impedance Microscopy (sMIM)

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

sMIM enables nanoscale permittivity and conductivity mapping on metals, semiconductors and insulators.

 

 

 

Temperature and Environmental Control

 

Environmental Controller

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

The Environmental Controller interfaces with the BioHeater™, PolyHeater™, CoolerHeater, Petri Dish Heater, and Humidity Sensing Cell to provide unprecedented precision and accuracy. The Environmental Controller is sold separately but works with multiple accessories using the SmartStart™ interface to auto-configure each for easy plug and play operation.

 

 

 

PolyHeater

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs (Also requires the Environmental Controller)

The PolyHeater is a modular heating stage designed for high temperature polymer studies from ambient to 300°C in air or a controlled gas environment. It supports samples up to 20mm in diameter. It is also available as the PolyHeater+ for temperatures up to 400°C. A special version is available for MFP-3D Origin AFMs that heats from ambient to 275°C and includes a standalone programmable controller.

 

 

 

CoolerHeater

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin (Also requires the Environmental Controller)

The CoolerHeater uses a Peltier element to heat and cool samples. Temperature can be continuously controlled from -30°C to +120°C. The system includes a coolant pump for work below 0°C. It supports samples up to 15mm in diameter. The kit includes various sample accessories, as well as a membrane and clamp for sealed operation.

 

 

 

Humidity Sensing Cell

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin (Also requires the Environmental Controller)

The Humidity Sensing Cell measures humidity conditions with a sensor located within a sealed sample cell. The cell supports samples up to 30mm in diameter. In addition, a moat that surrounds the sample with a salt solution allows for humidity control. The kit includes various sample accessories, as well as a membrane and clamp for sealed operation.

 

 

 

Turnkey Glovebox

Compatible with the MFP-3D Classic

Operate your MFP-3D in a turnkey glovebox for the most demanding environmental control under low oxygen and low water (sub-ppm) conditions. Our fully integrated glovebox solutions are engineered to deliver maximum usability and performance. Contact us for information regarding availability outside the United States and Europe.

 

 

Operating in Liquid Environments

 

Closed Fluid Cell

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

The Closed Fluid Cell is designed to hold gases or liquids either statically or with perfusion through configurable inlet/outlet ports. The unique design enables the cell, sample, and cantilever holder to be fully assembled and sealed in a controlled environment (e.g. glovebox or hood) and then transferred to the AFM for use. Two related versions are available: 1) the “Fluid Cell Lite” that has no inlet/outlet ports and minimizes evaporation but is not completely sealed, and 2) the “Electrical Closed Cell,” which enables electrical connections to the sample.

 

 

 

BioHeater

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin (Also requires the Environmental Controller)

The BioHeater adds temperature control to the fluid exchange capabilities of the Closed Fluid Cell, allowing imaging in fluid between ambient and 80°C. It supports samples up to 25mm in diameter. The kit includes various sample accessories and spare parts, as well as a membrane and clamp for sealed operation.

 

 

 

Petri Dish Heater and Petri Dish Holder

Heater is compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except
the MFP-3D Origin (Also requires the Environmental Controller)

Holder is compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

The Petri Dish Heater enables heating temperature-sensitive biological samples, specifically living cells, at physiologically-relevant temperatures ranging from ambient to 45°C. The kit includes an assortment of Petri dishes, a membrane that minimizes evaporation, and a magnetic clamp to secure the dish to the sample plate. The Petri Dish Holder is a basic, non-heating version.

 

 

 

iDrive

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

The iDrive™ cantilever holder simplifies imaging in fluid, especially for soft samples. The amplitude of mechanical resonance peaks normally associated with fluid imaging are eliminated which allows for easy auto-tuning of the cantilever in fluid for AC, Dual AC, and Phase Imaging.

 

 

 

MicroFlow Cell

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

The MicroFlow Cell is similar to the standard MFP-3D cantilever holder but includes fluid exchange ports which can be used to exchange the liquid in a small volume around the probe.

 

 

Applying Additional External Driving Forces

 

Variable Field Module 2

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

The Variable Field Module 2 (VFM2) is ideal for magnetic force microscopy and other applications where the sample has a dependence on the applied magnetic field. The VFM2 can apply in-plane magnetic fields of more than ±0.8 Tesla (8,000G) and offers ~1G field resolution. Unlike competing designs, it uses permanent magnets to avoid heating and associated drift.

 

 

 

NanoRack Sample Stretching Stage

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

Extract new information from your samples with the NanoRack™. This unique sample stage applies symmetric tensile or compressive loading to samples about a central area that can be simultaneously observed with the AFM. The stage features a large range to achieve high strains and an integrated load cell to measure high stresses with forces up to 80N.

Click here to see sample movie.

Click here to see Application Note of Copolymer Stretching

Click here to see NanoRack Sample Stretching Stage Data Sheet

 

 

 

High Voltage Option and Kits

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

These optional packages allow high voltage (±220V) to be applied between the tip and sample. Each package includes a high voltage amplifier and additional accessories for your specific application. Compatible with the Closed Fluid Cell, Variable Field Module 2, PolyHeater, Humidity Sensing Cell, and CoolerHeater.
(up to ±150V on MFP-3D Infinity)

 

 

 

Probe Station

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

The Probe Station attaches to the MFP-3D scanner and allows easy electrical probing of samples, electrical biasing, and other measurements while the sample is being scanned with the AFM. A variety of electrical connections can be made and combined with various imaging modes.

 

 

 

 

Additional Options to Adapt to Your Needs

 

Sample Mounts

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

A variety of sample mounts are available in addition to the standard magnetic mount and clip mount. These include mounts for SEM stubs and coverslips. See our Sample Mounts datasheet for a complete list.

 

 

 

Vacuum Chuck

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

The Vacuum Chuck allows flat samples to be held without any mechanical contacts to the top surface and with no adhesives on the bottom surface. The Vacuum Chuck has three rings to which vacuum can be routed to accommodate 3” or 4” wafers, or sample sizes between 0.8” and 3.” Note: Some regions of the wafers are not accessible.

 

 

 

Digital Access Module

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs except the MFP-3D Origin

The Digital Access Module provides digital I/O to the controller for applications such as photon counting and synchronization to the AFM scan. The Extended Digital Interface Module also provides additional programmable TTL outputs.

 

 

 

Extended Z Head

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

The Extended Z Head provides 40μm Z range for imaging tall samples and long-range force measurements, with very minimal degradation of imaging performance (atomic resolution is still achievable).

 

 

 

High Bandwidth Photodiode Option

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

The High Bandwidth Photodiode Option upgrades vertical and horizontal signal detection bandwidth to >5MHz. The high bandwidth signal is available on two coaxial connectors for external measurement. (Included with the MFP-3D Infinity)

 

 

MFP-3D Leg Extenders

Compatible with all MFP-3D family AFMs

The MFP-3D Leg Extenders raise the scan head to allow imaging of thicker samples up to 30mm in height (inquire about thicker samples).

 

 

Cantilevers

 

Don’t forget that Asylum Research sells a full range of AFM probes for every application. Asylum Research is an official reseller of Olympus, SmartTip, NANOSENSORS,™ NanoTools, and NanoWorld cantilevers. We also provide our own Asylum MFM and iDrive cantilevers. See our Probe Store for a complete list of models.

 

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