The basis for SPM (scanning probe microscope) is the scanning head. The company NST has developed state of art SPM head , which was named Certus. Мodern requirements for general purposes SPM were taken into consideration during research and development, latest achievements in electronics and the original patented technological solutions were used. The main distinguishing features of SPM Certus are:
||Built-in XYZ scanner|
||Scanning/positioning XYZ range
||XY stage resonant frequency||1 кHz|
||Z rezonant frequency||7 кHz|
||SPM resolution (XY lateral)||<1 nm|
||SPM resolution (Z vertical)||<0.1 nm|
|1.1.7||Minimum scan step||0.1 nm|
|1.2.2||Measuring principle||Time-to-digital convertion|
All three axes are equipped with capacitance displacement sensors. The measuring part is based on TDC (time-to-digital converters) that are physically located as close to sensors, and give digital signal proportional to the measured capacitance. This feachure allows noiseless measurements and transmitance them to the controller with any lenght of connecting cables, without quality loss of measurements.
In standard configuration deflectometer has diode laser with a wavelength of 670 nm. At the request of the customer may be use another, such as an infrared laser. In addition, scanning head is capable of fiber optic port using for external laser connection.
The scanning head is equipped with several removable probe holders: for standard cantilever probes, for the type tuning fork with a vertical or horizontal arrangement. For customers requirements, our engineers can develop attachment for any types of probes.
|A - photodiode
||B - cantilever|
|C - laser beam
||D - probe holders|
|E - coarse approach system (stepper motors)||
Unique "open design" allows you to use external large aperture objectives, illuminators, microscopes condensers, etc. to illuminate the work area, monitor the sample and the probe position, to take stock of radiation in the point of contact of the probe and the sample.