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APPLICATIONS

 ROUGHNESS

Measuring surface roughness at nanometer resolution:

With our self-sensing cantilever sensor modules we can create linear surface scans and 3D surface models – fast, efficient and at nanometer resolution.

This can be used in industrial applications as:

  • surface roughness (e.g. process control in wafer production)
  • surface control (e.g. maintenance/identfication of micro cracks, non-destructive material testing)

Quality Inspection

Measuring mechanical parameters at nanometer resolution:

With our self-sensing cantilever sensor modules we can measure and acquire data from from mechanical structures in a tactile and non-destructive way – fast, efficient and at nanometer resolution:

  • in hard-to-reach places
  • in intransparent liquids
  • without lightning needs

This can be used in industrial applications as:

  • mechanical measuring
  • quality control/inspection
  • process control

 BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES

Measuring biological samples in non-transparent liquids:

With our self-sensing cantilever sensor modules we can measure in turbid liquids where the optical methods fail – fast, efficient and at nanometer resolution:

  • in hard-to-reach places
  • in transparent liquids (deionized water, buffer solutions)
  • In non-transparent liquids (diluted blood, milk, blood)

This can be used in industrial application as:

  • a promising tool in nanomedicine
  • quality control in food industry
  • measurements in blood

 TORQUE MAGNETOMETRY

Advanced self-sensing cantilever sensors for torque magnetometry measurements:

For performing measurements in the field of torque magnetometry, c-sense offers cantilevers designed for the special requirements in the low temperature range. Using piezoresistive feedback, experiments can be carried out at temperatures below 4 K. The small size of the chip cantilever allows installation in various common physical property measurement devices and are thus a perfect solution for customized setups.

 IN SEM AND TEM

Measuring in limited space of SEMs, TEMs and HIMs:

Compact design and elimination of optics allows for fitting into very limited space in scanning electron microscopes, transmission electron microscopes and helium ion microscopes

  • measurements in vacuum
  • no optical alignment necessary
  • no limitation of the use of the host microscope

This can be used in scientific applications as:

  • correlative SEM/AFM microscopy
  • advanced AFM modes (MFM, c-AFM) in vacuum
  • in-situ process control for ion beam microscopes

 GAS SENSING

Measuring gas density and viscosity of pure gases and mixtures:

With our self-sensing cantilever sensor modules we can measure the gas density and viscosity

  • highest sensitivity for gas detection
  • thermal activation or activation with an electromagnetic force
  • piezoresistive sensor for cantilever deflection

This can be used in industrial application as:

  • a promising tool in nanomedicine
  • quality control in food industry
  • measurements in blood

 ADAPTERS FOR STANDARD AFMS

Adapters enable all electric measurements with standard AFMs:

Keysight Addon 5500:

The Keysight 5500 add-on was developed for the use of self-sensing technology in a regular optical atomic force microscope. This AFM is widely used in research and industry and can be converted from an optical AFM to a purely self-sensing All Electric AFM using the add-on. There is no damage to the microscope, so you can switch between optical and self-sensing mode at any time. This eliminates the need to purchase an expensive AFM and enables laser-free measurements using your existing microscope with many advantages for various applications.

Bruker Addon:

Bruker is world’s leading AFM manufacturer. Since Bruker’s AFMs are exclusively designed for optical cantilevers, some applications for these products are fundamentally ruled out. The implementation of an adapter enables the use of self-sensing technology in a Bruker AFM. This extends the application range to measurements in non-transparent liquids and facilitates easy cantilever handling. This can be of great advantage especially in the fields of biology, biochemistry and cell research, without having to forego the advantages of conventional optical cantilevers.

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