CoreAFM — The Essence of AFM

  • Compact by design, with a complete and streamlined feature set
  • A real performer that is both powerful and versatile
  • Simplicity and functionality that offers top value for money
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Compact research AFM that offers the best value for money

Intelligently combining the core components of AFM to achieve maximum versatility and user-friendliness has resulted in the CoreAFM. Due to this fundamental design, the CoreAFM is streamlined to perform AFM at its best.

Compact and complete

The fusion of a modern flexure-guided scanner, a fully digital 32-bit controller, XYZ sample stage, camera, and acoustic shielding in a single all-in-one unit results in a complete AFM system with an unparalleled compact footprint. All the essential functions of modern AFM are integral components of the CoreAFM system; thus, only connecting power and USB is all that is needed for a fully operational CoreAFM.

Powerful and Versatile

State of the art electronics with 24-bit ADC and DAC results in high-resolution XYZ driving of the 100×100×12 µm scanner and allows 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.

A 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.

Advanced Functionality

Advanced AFM modes and functionality like sample heating, environmental control, scripting, and 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 options bar.

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.

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Components and Accessories

CoreAFM components and accessories


Primary add-on functionality

  • Active vibration isolation table with unique SpikeGuard feature
  • Scripting interface option
  • Conductive AFM mode option
  • Advanced MFM option
  • Temperature control package
  • Environmental control option
  • Electrochemistry option
  • Signal I/O option
  • Petri dish option
  • Basic FPM option – FluidFM®-compatible cantilever holder
  • Advanced lithography option
  • Advanced spectroscopy option

Secondary add-on functionality

  • Advanced conductive AFM option
  • EFM mode kit
  • Advanced PFM option
  • Advanced KPFM option
  • Scanning thermal microscopy option
  • Nano-thermal analysis option
  • Bio sample heater option
  • SICM option
  • Advanced FPM option
  • FluidFM nanolithography
  • FluidFM colloidal spectroscopy
  • FluidFM