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Dual-head SPM puts two techniques in one

Tue, 07/28/2009 - 7:54am

SOLVER Next2009 R&D 100 Winner

The SOLVER Next from NT-MDT Company, Zelenograd, Moscow, Russia, is one of a new generation of automated scanning probe microscopes (SPM). It differs from other SPMs in that it offers both atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) capabilities in a single, automatically exchangeable platform. While competitive devices require that the heads or scanners be changed to move from AFM to STM, the SOLVER Next transitions to a new function by automatically focusing and aligning the existing head, saving time and effort. Sequential AFM/STM analysis of exactly the same location on the sample is also possible: no relocation of the area of interest is necessary. Similarly, large scans can quickly revert to atomic resolution; full environmental control is maintained for temperature, humidity, and gas type.

Technology
Automated scanning probe microscope

Developer
NT-MDT Company

Award Year

2009

Organization

NT-MDT Co.

Developers

Denis Andreuk (Primary)
Andrey Bykov (Primary)
Vladimir Kotov (Primary)
Vyacheslav Polyakov (Primary)
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