Scanning Probe/ Atomic force Microscopy (SPM/AFM)


Surface Probe Microscopy, SPM, consists of a family of modes which monitor the interaction between a very sharp tip and the sample surface to produce nanometer scale images in three dimensions.

Bruker MultiMode 8 

  • This versatile system can be used for a variety of studies involving Contact Mode (CM), Tapping Mode (TM), Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM), Conductive AFM (C-AFM),  Force Modulation (FM), Lift Mode (LM),  Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy, aka Surface Potential (KPFM), along with Peak Force Quantitative Nanomechanical Property Mapping (PF-QNM) and Nanoindentation.

* New ScanAsyst mode automatically adjusts imaging parameters to optimize your image. 

  • Scans up to 140 microns laterally (X and Y) and 5.5 microns vertically (Z)
  • Stage accommodates samples up to 12 mm x 12 mm
  • Nanoscope V controller for improved resolution using higher scan rates.
  • Mechanical properties can also be studied using a diamond tip for Nanoindentation, Nanoscratching, Nanolithography and Nanomanipulation.
  • All modes currently operate in ambient only.

Bruker D3000 

  • Modes provided include CM, TM, and MFM.
  • Stage allows 133 mm of x-axis travel, 102 mm for y-axis accommodating samples up to 150 mm in diameter and 12 mm in thickness.
  • Scans up to 100 microns laterally and 5.5 microns vertically
  • Vibration Isolation chamber with an air-table provides vibrational, acoustic, and temperature isolation
  • All modes operate in ambient only.

Sample preparation


Qualification and Training

Students must be trained to use the SPMs in the facility. Appointments need to be made for training via iLab. Initiate a Service/Training Request in iLab through the GMSF Core. Training typically consists of 3-5 sessions. Session 1 consists of a short overview of the SPM, with complete instruction on how to obtain an image. Each session is usually 2-3 hours in length. Sessions are scheduled and confirmed through your iLab request. Once trained, student may use the lab 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the exception of training hours, certain tours, and classes.

Users must attend the ASU Lab Safety and Fire Safety courses.


Anthony Woolson Diana Convey
Research Technician

  • Surface imaging
ASU Unit
Knowledge Enterprise
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