CoreAFM

The best value research AFM

The compact research AFM that offers best value for money

  • Research AFM with a competitive price tag
  • Integrated system with small footprint
  • 33 modes and functions
  • Easy handling
The CoreAFM is the result of intelligently combining the core components of AFM to achieve maximum versatility and user- friendliness. Due to this fundamental design approach, the CoreAFM is equipped to perform AFM at its best. The fusion of a modern flexure-guided scanner, XYZ sample stage, camera, active vibration isolation table, and airflow shielding in a single all-in-one unit results in a complete AFM system with an unparalleled compact footprint. The system comes with a fully digital 24-bit controller developed specifically for the CoreAFM scanhead. All the essential functions of modern AFM are integral components of the CoreAFM system; all you need to do to take the CoreAFM into operation is connect the controller, and plug in power and USB.

Seamlessly extendable functionality

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. Advanced AFM modes and functionality like sample heating, environmental control, scripting, and many others can easily be added to your CoreAFM. For details and dependencies, see the overview graphic.

Easy setup and handling

See for yourself how easy it is to prepare and operate the CoreAFM. Watch the video for a demonstration of the main features, and a brief tutorial on how to perform a measurement using this system.

Spike-Guard

Deeper system integration of the Isostage is reflected in the unique Spike-Guard, which eliminates glitches during imaging. Although the Isostage is an active vibration isolation system, glitches can still occur when distortions are too severe. Spike-Guard detects such anomalies and rescans the line for a distortion-free image.

Powerful and versatile

State of the art electronics with 24-bit ADC and DAC ensure high-resolution XYZ driving of the 100×100×12 µm scanner and allow 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 closed scanner compartment features acoustic and air current isolation, while sample stage positioners still allow you to adjust your sample

When the scanner compartment is opened, it provides access to the scanner and sample stage, e.g. to place a new sample for measurement