MFP-3D AFMs - Extensive Suite of System, Environmental, and Application Options Enabling Users to Broaden AFM Capabilities by Asylum Research

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Introduction
Asylum Research MFP-3D Stand Alone AFM
Asylum Research MFP-3D-BIO AFM
Asylum Research MFP NanoIndenter
Advanced Applications Options
     ORCA Conductive AFM Option
     iDrive Fluid Imaging Option
     High Voltage Option for Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM)
     NanoIndenter
     Ztherm - Modulated Thermal Analysis Option
     Variable Field Module
Environmental Accessories
     Environmental Controller
     Closed Fluid Cell
     Fluid Cell Lite
     BioHeater
     PolyHeater
     CoolerHeater
     Humidity Sensing Cell
     Petri Dish Holder
     Petri Dish Heater
     High Voltage Option Packages

Introduction

Asylum's MFP-3D family sets the standard for AFM technology with unprecedented precision and flexibility. The MFP-3D is the first AFM with true independent piezo positioning in all three axes, combined with our patented low noise closed-loop sensor technology. The ground-breaking all-digital ARC2™ controller ensures the lowest noise, fastest operation and greatest system flexibility. Designed for versatility and expandability, the Asylum's MFP-3D family family offers an extensive suite of system, environmental, and application options to enable our users to broaden and enhance the capabilities of our AFMs.

Asylum Research MFP-3D Stand Alone AFM

MFP-3D Stand Alone™ AFM provides the widest range of AFM/SPM capabilities available today. It is ideal for general materials science applications ranging from polymers to photovoltaics and from physics to chemistry. Both top and bottom optical sample viewing are available for easy analysis of both opaque and transparent samples. Its closed-loop positioning system provides exceptional resolution, accuracy and reproducibility, and its low-coherence light source virtually eliminates interference artifacts. As for all our systems, nanolithography capability is included standard.

Asylum Research MFP-3D-BIO AFM

MFP-3D-BIO™ AFM is the only full-capability AFM on an inverted optical platform.

It is optimized for life science applications with uncompromised AFM capability and advanced integration with optical imaging techniques, such as epi-fluorescence, phase contrast, TIRF, FLIM, and Raman spectroscopy. The MFP-3D-CF™ is specifically optimized for confocal platforms. The MFP-3D-BIO™ AFM provides the lowest noise, most sensitive, and most accurate measurements for force curves and cell mechanics. Its large Z range (up to 40µm) enables force curves on soft materials, imaging of cells, and other challenging applications.

Asylum Research MFP NanoIndenter

MFP NanoIndenter is a true instrumented nanoindenter and is the first AFM-based system that does not use cantilevers as part of the indenting mechanism. Its vertical indenter mechanics and state-of-the-art AFM sensors provide substantial advantages in accuracy, precision, and sensitivity relative to other AFM-based and traditional nanoindenting systems.

Advanced Applications Options

ORCA Conductive AFM Option

ORCA provides conductive AFM imaging and IV measurement capabilities. The standard module is capable of measuring currents from ~1pA to 20nA. Other modules for different current ranges are available upon request. The ORCA kit includes a sample mount and accessories. Also available in Dual Gain version.

iDrive Fluid Imaging Option

The iDrive cantilever holder simplifies imaging in fluid, especially for soft samples. The amplitude of mechanical resonance peaks normally associated with fluid imaging are eliminated which allows for easy auto-tuning of the cantilever in fluid for AC, Dual AC™ and Phase Imaging. The iDrive kit includes a variety of accessories and 105 AR-iDrive-N01 cantilevers.

High Voltage Option for Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM)

The Piezo Force Module enables PFM for very high sensitivity, high bias, and crosstalk-free measurements on piezoelectrics, including ferroelectrics and multiferroics, as well as for biological systems in fluid. The Piezo Force Module includes the HV220 Amplifier, high voltage cantilever holder, and high voltage sample mount. Also see the PFM Application Note for additional details.

NanoIndenter

The MFP NanoIndenter is a true instrumented nanoindenter, allowing quantitative measurements with unprecedented Z-sensored accuracy. The nanoindenting head allows optical side viewing of the indenting tip. Two models are available: Standard (spring constant of 2,000-3,500N/m) and Low Force (spring constant of 300-800N/m).

Ztherm - Modulated Thermal Analysis Option

Ztherm allows highly localized point-by-point thermal property measurement and mapping, with sensitivity to <10-22 liter (sub-zeptoliter) materials property changes, more than an order of magnitude improvement in volume over that previously available with commercial systems. A wide variety of scanning thermal microscopy (SThM) imaging and point spectroscopic modes are supported, including contact and AC thermal imaging, and Dual AC Resonance Tracking (DART). Integrated piezo actuator allows high resolution AC imaging of your sample before and after thermal measurements. Compatible with Thermalever™ probes.

Variable Field Module

The Variable Field Module (VFM) is ideal for magnetic force microscopy, electronic transport measurements, and other applications where the sample has a dependence on the applied field. The VFM applies an in-plane field exceeding ±2,500 Oe with ~3 Oe resolution. It includes non-magnetic beryllium copper clips for sample mounting. Compatible with high voltage capability.

Environmental Accessories

Environmental Controller

The Asylum Research Environmental Controller interfaces with the BioHeater, PolyHeater, CoolerHeater, Petri Dish Heater and Humidity Sensing Cell. Closed loop operation ensures unprecedented precision and accuracy. The SmartStart™ interface autoconfigures each accessory for easy plug and play operation.

Closed Fluid Cell

The Closed Fluid Cell provides a sealed chamber with ten inlet and outlet ports for the exchange of liquid or gas media in an otherwise sealed environment. The kit includes various sample accessories, as well as a membrane and clamp for sealed operation.

Fluid Cell Lite

The Fluid Cell Lite is an economical, portless version of the Closed Fluid Cell. It is ideal for multi-user facilities where each user can have their own fluid dish. The kit includes various sample accessories and a membrane that minimizes sample evaporation.

BioHeater

The BioHeater adds temperature control to the fluid exchange capabilities of the Closed Fluid Cell, allowing imaging in fluid between ambient and 80°C. BioHeater supports samples up to 25mm in diameter. The kit includes various sample accessories and spare parts, as well as a membrane and clamp for sealed operation. Requires Environmental Controller (sold separately).

PolyHeater

The PolyHeater is a modular heating stage designed specifically for high temperature polymer studies from ambient to 300°C in air or a controllable gaseous environment. PolyHeater supports samples up to 20mm in diameter. The kit includes various sample accessories, as well as a membrane and clamp for sealed operation. Includes the PEEK™ cantilever holder. Requires Environmental Controller (sold separately).

CoolerHeater

The CoolerHeater uses a Peltier element to heat and cool samples. Temperature can be continuously controlled from -35°C to +120°C. CoolerHeater includes a coolant pump for work below 0°C. CoolerHeater supports samples up to 15mm in diameter. The kit includes various sample accessories, as well as a membrane and clamp for sealed operation. Requires Environmental Controller (sold separately).

Humidity Sensing Cell

The Humidity Sensing Cell measures humidity conditions with a sensor located within a sealed sample cell. The Humidity Sensing Cell supports samples up to 30mm in diameter. In addition, a mount that surrounds the sample with a salt solution allows for humidity control. The kit includes various sample accessories, as well as a membrane and clamp for sealed operation. Requires Environmental Controller (sold separately).

Petri Dish Holder

The Petri Dish Holder is a specially designed sample plate for imaging biological samples, specifically cells, cultured in a Petri dish. The kit includes an assortment of Petri dishes, a membrane that minimizes evaporation, and a magnetic clamp to secure the dish to the sample plate. The Petri Dish Holder is included with all MFP-3D-BIO™ Systems.

Petri Dish Heater

The Petri Dish Heater is identical to the Petri Dish Holder for compatibility with the same models of Petri dishes, yet provides the additional capability of heating temperature-sensitive biological samples, specifically living cells, at physiologically-relevant temperatures ranging from ambient to 45°C. The kit includes an assortment of Petri dishes, a membrane that minimizes evaporation, and a magnetic clamp to secure the dish to the sample plate. Requires Environmental Controller (sold separately).

High Voltage Option Packages

These optional packages allow high voltage (±220V) to be applied between the tip and sample. Each package includes the HV220 Amplifier and additional accessories for your specific application. Compatible with Variable Field Module, Closed Fluid Cell, PolyHeater, and Humidity Sensing Cell.

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Date Added: Aug 12, 2009 | Updated: Jun 11, 2013
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