AFM Tips Classification

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AFM Tips by Shape

4-sided Pyramidal AFM Tips

Standard Non-Rotated AFM Tips (Pointprobe® like)
PointProbe ® AFM Tip
PointProbe® AFM Tip

AFM tips with a polygon based pyramid shape positioned close to the free end of the AFM cantilever.

  • Macroscopic half-cone angle 20° to 25° viewed along the cantilever axis, 25° to 30° viewed from the side
  • Half-cone angle smaller than 10° at the apex
  • AFM tip height 10-15 µm
  • Front and back pyramid angles of the AFM tip with respect to the vertical differ when the probe is mounted onto the AFM head
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AFM Tips by Shape (macroscopic part, overall shape)

3-sided Pyramidal AFM Tips

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Rotated AFM Tips

Rotated AFM tips with a polygon based pyramid shape positioned close to the free end of the AFM cantilever.

  • Similar AFM tip geometry to that of standard AFM tips
  • Front and back pyramid angles of the AFM tip with respect to the vertical are equal when the probe is mounted onto the AFM head
Rotated AFM Tip
Rotated AFM Tip
Imaging with Standard AFM Tip vs Rotated AFM Tip
Imaging with Standard AFM Tip vs Rotated
AFM Tip
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AFM Tip

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AFM Tips Protruding from the Very End of the Cantilever
Advanced TEC™ AFM Tip
Advanced TEC™ AFM Tip

Tetrahedral pyramid AFM tips protruding from the end of the cantilever.

  • Real tip visibility allowing the most accurate positioning
  • AFM tip height 15-20 µm
  • AFM tip radius of curvature below 10 nm
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AFM Tips Positioned at the Very End of the Cantilever
Arrow™ AFM Tip
Arrow™ AFM Tip

Tetrahedral pyramid AFM tips at the end of the cantilever for easy positioning in the area of interest.

  • Front and back pyramid angles of the AFM tip with respect to the vertical are equal when the probe is mounted onto the AFM head
  • AFM tip height 10-15 µm
  • AFM tip radius of curvature below 10 nm
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Optimized Positioning Upon Sample (OPUS) AFM Tips
Arrow™ AFM Tip
OPUS™ AFM Tip

Tetrahedral pyramid AFM tips with a leading pyramid edge at right angle to the cantilever axis for optimized positioning upon the test sample.

  • AFM tip height ~ 14 µm
  • AFM tip radius of curvature of uncoated tips < 7 nm
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4-sided Casted (Hollow) Pyramidal AFM Tips

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AFM Tips with Square-Based Pyramid
Pyrex-Nitride AFM Tip
Pyrex-Nitride AFM Tip

AFM tips with a square AFM tip pyramid.

  • Oxide sharpened AFM tip
  • AFM tip height 3.5 µm
  • AFM tip radius of curvature below 10 nm
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AFM Tips with Rectangular-based Pyramid
Silicon Nitride AFM Tip
Silicon Nitride
AFM Tip

AFM tips with a rectangular-based pyramid.

  • When mounted onto the AFM head, only the front AFM tip interacts with the sample surface
  • Overall AFM tip height 12 μm
  • Effective AFM tip height above 800 nm
  • Double tip spacing 4.5 μm
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Circular Symmetric AFM Tips

Spike AFM Tips

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Spike AFM Tips

AFM Tips by Shape (active part of the tip, involved in measurement)

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4-sided Sharpened Casted Pyramidal AFM Tips
Pyrex-Nitride AFM Tip
Pyrex-Nitride AFM Tip

AFM tips with a square-based pyramid.

  • Oxide sharpened AFM tip
  • AFM tip pyramid height 3.5 µm
  • AFM tip radius of curvature below 10 nm
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4-sided Sharpened Casted Pyramidal AFM Tips

3-sided Sharpened Pyramidal AFM Tips
3-sided Sharpened Pyramidal AFM Tip
3-sided Sharpened
Pyramidal AFM Tip

AFM tips with a 3-sided sharpened pyramid positioned close to the free end of the AFM cantilever.

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3-sided Sharpened Pyramidal AFM Tips

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3-sided Super Sharpened Pyramidal AFM Tips
SuperSharpSilicon™ AFM Tip
SuperSharpSilicon™ AFM Tip

AFM tips with a SuperSharpSilicon apex for high resolution AFM imaging of nanostructures and microroughness.

  • Guaranteed AFM tip radius of curvature below 5 nm
  • Typical AFM tip radius of curvature 2 nm
  • Typical aspect ratio of the last 200 nm 4:1
  • Half cone angle 200 nm from the AFM tip apex below 10°
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3-sided Super Sharpened Pyramidal AFM Tips

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Circular Symmetric AFM Tips

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Circular Symmetric AFM Tips

High Aspect Ratio Spike AFM Tips

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Focused Ion Beam AFM Tips
High Aspect Ratio AFM Tip
High Aspect Ratio AFM Tip

AFM tips with a high aspect ratio portion allowing measurements of deep trenches.

  • High aspect portion of the AFM tip larger than 2 µm and symmetric when viewed from side as well as along cantilever axis
  • Typical aspect ratio for the last 2 µm of the AFM tip in the order of 7:1 to 12:1
  • Half cone angle of the high aspect ratio portion of the AFM tip typically from 5° down to below 2.8°
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Tilt Compensated Focused Ion Beam AFM Tips

AFM tips with a high aspect ration portion allowing measurements of deep trenches. The tilted high aspect ratio portion compensates the mounting angle within the AFM head. (for AFM instruments with a mounting angle of 13°)

  • Tilted high aspect ratio tip compensates the mounting angle of AFM head
  • Sidewall angles and sidewalls are „not“ distorted
Regular High Aspect Ratio AFM Tip
Regular High Aspect Ratio 
AFM Tip
Tilt Compensated High Aspect Ratio AFM Tip
Tilt Compensated 
High Aspect Ratio AFM Tip
Tilt Compensated High Aspect Ratio AFM Tip
Tilt Compensated 
High Aspect Ratio AFM Tip

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Electron Beam Deposited AFM Tips
EBD AFM Tip
EBD AFM Tip

AFM tips with Electron Beam Deposited (EBD) extratips.

  • Extratips with various geometry on the apex of the silicon AFM tip for different applications
  • Sharp EBD AFM tips for high resolution imaging and high aspect ratio EBD AFM tips for deep trench measurements
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Plateau AFM Tips
Plateau AFM Tip
Plateau AFM Tip

AFM tips with a plateau instead of a sharp tip.

  • Plateau formed by Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling out of a symmetrically etched tip building a rod on top of a conical tip
  • Plateau diameter typically equals 1.8 µm
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Rounded AFM Tips
Rounded AFM Tip
Rounded AFM Tip

AFM tips with an intentionally increased and well-defined radius of curvature.

  • AFM tip radius of curvature: 90 nm from the front, 160 nm from the side
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Sphere AFM Tips
Sphere AFM Tip
Sphere AFM Tip

AFM tips with a sphere of well defined size at the end of the AFM tip pyramid or at the end of a tipless AFM cantilever.

  • For applications that require hard contact between tip and sample this AFM tip offers a hemispherical, symmetric and extremely smooth hard tipside coating
  • Different sphere radii available
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AFM Tips by Material

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Silicon AFM Tips
Silicon AFM Tip
Silicon AFM Tip

AFM tips made of single crystal silicon.

  • All components of the AFM probe: the AFM tip, the AFM cantilever and the AFM support chip are made of monolithic single crystal silicon
  • Silicon is highly doped for static charge dissipation
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Silicon Nitride AFM Tips
sSilicon Nitride AFM Tip
Silicon Nitride AFM Tip

AFM tips made of silicon nitride.

  • The AFM tip and the AFM cantilever are made of silicon nitride
  • The AFM cantilever is attached to a silicon or a borosilicate glass support chip
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Silicon Oxide AFM Tips
Silicon Oxide AFM Tip
Silicon Oxide AFM Tip

AFM tips made of silicon oxide.

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High Density Carbon AFM Tips (Electron Beam Deposited)
High Density Carbon (HDC) AFM Tip
High Density Carbon (HDC)
AFM Tip

EBD High Density Carbon (HDC) AFM tips.

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Quartz-like AFM Tips

AFM Tips by Coating

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Uncoated AFM Tips
Uncoated AFM Tip
Uncoated AFM Tip

AFM tips without coating.

  • No coating on the tip side of the cantilever either
  • General purpose AFM tips
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Gold Coated AFM Tips
Gold Coated AFM Tip
Gold Coated AFM Tip

AFM tips with a gold coating.

  • Gold coating covers the entire cantilever as well
  • Electrically conductive
  • Basis for tip functionalization
  • Bio-compatible
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Platinum Coated AFM Tips
Platinum Coated AFM Tip
Platinum Coated AFM Tip

AFM tips with a platinum or a chromium/platinum coating.

  • Platinium coating covers the entire cantilever as well
  • Electrically conductive
  • Used for electric mode AFM measurements
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Platinum/Iridium Coated AFM Tips
Platinum/Iridium Coated AFM Tip
Platinum/Iridium Coated
AFM Tip

AFM tips with a platinum/iridium coating.

  • Platinium/Iridium coating covers the entire cantilever as well
  • Electrically conductive
  • Used for electric mode AFM measurements
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Diamond-Like-Carbon (DLC) Coated AFM Tips
DLC Coated AFM tip
DLC Coated AFM Tip

AFM tips with a hard wear resistant Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating.

  • DLC coating covers the tip side of the cantilever as well
  • Used in applications where increased wear resistance is needed
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Diamond Coated AFM Tips
Diamond Coated AFM Tip
Diamond Coated AFM Tip

AFM tips with a real diamond coating for unsurpassed wear resistance.

  • Diamond coating covers the tip side of the cantilever as well
  • Ensures an even higher durability than DLC coating
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Conductive Diamond Coated AFM Tips
Conductive Diamond Coated AFM Tip
Conductive Diamond
Coated AFM Tip

AFM tips with a doped diamond coating.

  • Conductive Diamond coating covers the tip side of the cantilever as well
  • Provides high wear resistance for electric mode applications
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Cobalt Alloy Coated AFM Tips
Cobalt Alloy Coated AFM Tip
Cobalt Alloy Coated
AFM Tip

AFM tips with a cobalt alloy magnetic coating for Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM) measurements.

  • Cobalt Alloy coating covers the tip side of the cantilever as well
  • Several different variations with different magnetic momentum and coercivity available
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Silicon Nitride Coated AFM Tips
Silicon Nitride Coated AFM Tip
Silicon Nitride Coated
AFM Tip

AFM tips with a thin silicon nitride coating.

  • Silicon Nitride coating covers the entire cantilever as well
  • Improved wear resistance
  • Bio-compatible
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Silicide Coated AFM Tips
Silicide Coated AFM Tip
Silicide Coated AFM Tip

AFM tips with a silicide coating.

  • Silicide coating covers the entire cantilever as well
  • Electrically conductive
  • Bio-compatible

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