The most flexible and versatile atomic force microscope for materials research
For success in Materials Research studies, scientists depend on professional tools that can readily provide the information needed, regardless of the tasks at hand. By advancing key technologies and designs, Nanosurf has made the Flex-Axiom one of the most versatile and flexible atomic force microscopes ever, allowing a large variety of materials research applications to be handled with ease. Together with the powerful C3000 controller, complex material characterizations are possible.
Key features and benefits
The Flex-Axiom is your reliable tool for topographical and metrological imaging of samples in both air and liquid. But the Flex-Axiom goes beyond topography, for example with advanced mechanical, electrical, or magnetic characterization. The system has also been successfully used for local sample manipulation.
The Flex-Axiom uses an extremely linear electromagnetic scanner for XY movement. This scanner delivers an average linearity deviation of less than 0.1% over the full scan range, top-ranking on the AFM market. The Z-axis is piezo-driven, with a position sensor that enables closed-loop operation. A sensitive cantilever detection system can measure well into the MHz frequency range. The scan head is connected to the full-featured, 24-bit C3000 controller with digital feedback and 2 dual-channel lock-in amplifiers.
With a modular stage concept and various possible cantilever holder types, the Flex-Axiom is ready for all your current and future needs. On the C3000 controller, 14 AFM operating modes have already been implemented, with more to follow, allowing highly advanced measurements and experiments in the field of materials research. The ECS 204 electrochemical stage, for example, provides electrochemical and environmental control over the sample and its surroundings, resulting in exciting new discoveries.
Together with some of our high-end research customers, custom solutions for large-area nano-lithography, operation in a glovebox, and magneto-resistive sensing have been developed.
The modular concept of the Flex-Axiom also allows easy upgrades to other products of the FlexAFM product line (Flex-Bio for life science, Flex-ANA for automatic nanomechanical analysis, and Flex-FPM for cell and nano-manipulation) to further extend the possibilities of your Flex-Axiom research system.
The FlexAFM video option integrates two cameras for parallel top and side view, allowing you to quickly find an area of interest and to bring the cantilever close to the surface before the final, automatic approach.
At the heart of the Flex-Axiom system are the FlexAFM scan head and the C3000 controller with I100 interface box. On top of that, several options and accessories are available, designed to deliver stable and reliable results, or to provide access to new measurement possibilities and experiments: