OmegaScope 1000 - Scanning Probe Microscope Designed to be Easily Integrated with Optical Instruments by AIST-NT

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Introduction
OmegaScope 1000 from AIST-NT
Side Illumination
Optical Input-Output System Optimized for TERS and SERS Measurements
Raman Spectrometer (Solar TII)

Introduction

For the recent years Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) has proved to be the extremely successful technique for characterization of different nano-sized objects. SPM plays the important role in the outburst of scientific and commercial activities defined by the term"nanotechnology". As a great number of applications for the SPM-based research are becoming more and more diverse and complex, new challenges and demands arise for the SPM instrumentation. Unfortunately, still the adjustment of the most modern SPMs iscomplicated, time consuming and very much operator-dependant. This drawback leads to poor reproducibility of the instrument settings and consequently to poorly reproducible results.

OmegaScope 1000 from AIST-NT

AIST-NT's OmegaScope 1000 has been designed to be easily integrated with optical instruments such as Raman spectrometers, UV-VIS adsorption spectrometers etc. Open design of the AFM head makes it possible to have the high quality optical access from the top (100X, 0.70 NA), side (20X, 0.42 NA) or bottom (using any commercially available objective, including immersion objectives).

Side Illumination

Side illumination becomes very important in case of TERS (Tip Enhanced Raman Scattering) and scattering SNOM experiments as with the side illumination it is easy to have a significant Z component of the optical field. It also may be very valuable for investigation of SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering) structures. Precise alignment of the side and top (bottom) objectives allows performing experiments that involve investigation of the influence of illumination conditions on TERS and SERS efficiency.

AIST-NT's OmegaScope 1000 head includes 1300nm registration laser, which allows to eliminate the cross-talk with the most popular Raman lasers up to 1064 nm. The IR registration laser also allows to work with the visible light-sensitive semiconductor and biological samples.

Optical Input-Output System Optimized for TERS and SERS Measurements

  • Top and side illumination (10X-0.28NA/100X-0.70NA; 20X-0.42NA)
  • Raman and fluorescence measurements from the same sample area
  • Optimal illumination conditions for TERS experiments on non-transparent samples
  • Exact excitation light spot to probe adjustment

Raman Spectrometer (Solar TII)

  • High throughput optical system. Software controlled excitation laser selection. Typical excitation laser set: 473, 532 and 785 nm solid state lasers. Edge filter/notch filter design for efficient laser line suppression.
  • Excitation light and collected light polarization control.
  • Imaging 560mm focal length Spectrograph. Four positions turret mounted exchangeable gratings.
  • Confocal elastically scattered light registration unit.

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Date Added: Mar 4, 2009 | Updated: Jun 11, 2013
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