Diamond AFM Probes

For some AFM applications, such as nanoindentation or nanolithography a very hard and durable AFM tip is required. Some conductive AFM applications even require an extremely hard and at the same time conductive AFM tip. In such cases, AFM probes with metal coatings are not the right choice and the use of a diamond or even conductive diamond coated AFM probe is advised.

Diamond is the hardest material on earth. Like graphite, it consists of carbon but is considerably harder. The difference to graphite is the amount of (strong) sp3 atom-to-atom bindings instead of (weaker) sp2 bindings. In nature, the transition of carbon or graphite to diamond takes place under high pressure and high temperatures in the interior of the earth. To manufacture a diamond coated AFM probe, a carbon containing gas is being lead at high temperatures over a silicon AFM probe. If the process conditions are chosen the right way, the carbon will crystallize on the silicon surface and form a diamond layer. Usually diamond is growing in small (nano) crystallites. To form a close (and conductive) diamond layer, normally a diamond thickness of some 100 nm is required. This will result in a larger overall tip radius in the range of about some 100 nm for all diamond coated AFM probes. This is usually called the “macroscopic” tip radius. However, very often a single crystallite protrudes at the very end of the tip and thereby forms a small "extra-tip" with a radius in the 10 nm regime.

Unfortunately, pure diamond is not conductive. By adding other atoms with one electron less or more than carbon (so-called dopants) to the carbon gas, those atoms will be incorporated in the diamond crystallites during the growth process, thus enabling an electronic current flow. But unfortunately, the higher the number of dopants is, the lower the number of strong diamond sp3-bindings will be. As a result of the doping atom incorporation the diamond is getting softer. Here, a trade-off between hardness and conductivity has to be found.

The conductivity of doped diamond is – depending on the dopant atom concentration – roughly ten to hundred times less than for metals. But out of all conductive AFM probes, diamond – the hardest material on earth - is showing by far the smallest amount of wear.
21 results matching your criteria
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DT-NCHR

DT-NCHR

Diamond Coated Tapping Mode AFM Probe
Coating: Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 400 kHz
C 80 N/m
L 125 µm
DT-FMR

DT-FMR

Diamond Coated Force Modulation AFM Probe
Coating: Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 105 kHz
C 6.2 N/m
L 225 µm
DT-NCLR

DT-NCLR

Diamond Coated Tapping Mode AFM Probe with Long AFM Cantilever
Coating: Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 210 kHz
C 72 N/m
L 225 µm
the industry standard
NW-DT-NCHR

NW-DT-NCHR

Diamond Coated Tapping Mode AFM Probe
Coating: Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 400 kHz
C 80 N/m
L 125 µm
NW-DT-FMR

NW-DT-FMR

Diamond Coated Force Modulation AFM Probe
Coating: Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 105 kHz
C 6.2 N/m
L 225 µm
NW-DT-NCLR

NW-DT-NCLR

Diamond Coated Tapping Mode AFM Probe with Long Cantilever
Coating: Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 210 kHz
C 72 N/m
L 225 µm
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CDT-FMR

CDT-FMR

Diamond Coated, Conductive Force Modulation AFM Probe
Coating: Diamond,Conductive Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 105 kHz
C 6.2 N/m
L 225 µm
the industry standard
NW-CDT-FMR

NW-CDT-FMR

Diamond Coated, Conductive Force Modulation AFM Probe

Coating: Diamond,Conductive Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 105 kHz
C 6.2 N/m
L 225 µm
CDT-CONTR

CDT-CONTR

Diamond Coated, Conductive Contact Mode AFM Probe
Coating: Diamond,Conductive Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 20 kHz
C 0.5 N/m
L 450 µm
DDESP

DDESP

Diamond Coated, Conductive Tapping Mode AFM Probe

Coating: Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 400 kHz
C 80 N/m
L 125 µm
DDESP-FM

DDESP-FM

Diamond Coated, Conductive Force Modulation AFM Probe

Coating: Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 105 kHz
C 6.2 N/m
L 225 µm
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All-In-One-DD

All-In-One-DD

Diamond Coated, Conductive AFM Probe with 4 Different Cantilevers
Coating: Conductive Diamond
Tip Shape: Rotated
AFM Cantilevers: 4
F 19 kHz
C 0.5 N/m
L 500 µm
F 110 kHz
C 6.5 N/m
L 210 µm
F 200 kHz
C 18 N/m
L 150 µm
F 450 kHz
C 100 N/m
L 100 µm
BudgetComboBox

BudgetComboBox

Mixed Box with 50 BudgetSensors AFM probes of your choice
Coating: various
Tip Shape: various
DT-CONTR

DT-CONTR

Diamond Coated Contact Mode AFM Probe
Coating: Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 20 kHz
C 0.5 N/m
L 450 µm
CDT-NCHR

CDT-NCHR

Diamond Coated, Conductive Tapping Mode AFM Probe
Coating: Diamond,Conductive Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 400 kHz
C 80 N/m
L 125 µm
CDT-NCLR

CDT-NCLR

Diamond Coated, Conductive Tapping Mode AFM Probe with Long AFM Cantilever
Coating: Diamond,Conductive Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 210 kHz
C 72 N/m
L 225 µm
NW-CDT-NCHR

NW-CDT-NCHR

Diamond Coated, Conductive Tapping Mode AFM Probe

Coating: Diamond,Conductive Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 400 kHz
C 80 N/m
L 125 µm
NW-CDT-NCLR

NW-CDT-NCLR

Diamond Coated, Conductive Tapping Mode AFM Probe with Long Cantilever

Coating: Diamond,Conductive Diamond
Tip Shape: Standard
AFM Cantilever:
F 210 kHz
C 72 N/m
L 225 µm
top value
HQ:DMD-XSC11

HQ:DMD-XSC11

AFM Probe with 4 Different Diamond Coated, Conductive Cantilevers for Various Applications
Coating: Conductive Diamond
Tip Shape: Rotated
AFM Cantilevers: 4
F 18 kHz
C 0.5 N/m
L 500 µm
F 110 kHz
C 6.5 N/m
L 210 µm
F 210 kHz
C 18 N/m
L 150 µm
F 450 kHz
C 95 N/m
L 100 µm
Mix and Match Box

Mix and Match Box

Mixed box: up to 400 MikroMasch AFM probes
Coating: various
Tip Shape: various
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