Print Email Facebook Twitter A miniaturized, high frequency mechanical scanner for high speed atomic force microscope using suspension on dynamically determined points Title A miniaturized, high frequency mechanical scanner for high speed atomic force microscope using suspension on dynamically determined points Author Herfst, R.W. Dekker, A. Witvoet, G. Crowcombe, W.E. de Lange, T.J. Sadeghian Marnani, H. Publication year 2015 Abstract One of the major limitations in the speed of the atomic force microscope (AFM) is the bandwidth of the mechanical scanning stage, especially in the vertical (z) direction. According to the design principles of “light and stiff” and “static determinacy,” the bandwidth of the mechanical scanner is limited by the first eigenfrequency of the AFM head in case of tip scanning and by the sample stage in terms of sample scanning. Due to stringent requirements of the system, simply pushing the first eigenfrequency to an ever higher value has reached its limitation. We have developed a miniaturized, high speed AFM scanner in which the dynamics of the z-scanning stage are made insensitive to its surrounding dynamics via suspension of it on specific dynamically determined points. This resulted in a mechanical bandwidth as high as that of the z-actuator (50 kHz) while remaining insensitive to the dynamics of its base and surroundings. The scanner allows a practical z scan range of 2.1 μm. We have demonstrated the applicability of the scanner to the high speed scanning of nanostructures. Subject Mechatronics, Mechanics & MaterialsOM - Opto-MechatronicsTS - Technical SciencesHigh Tech Systems & MaterialsElectronicsIndustrial Innovation To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:cdd8d569-3d93-40fd-8c16-658e06e9481b TNO identifier 529218 Publisher AIP Publishing Source Review of Scientific Instruments, 86 Article number 113703 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.