Note: Submicrometer-precision sample holder for accurate re-positioning of samples in scanning force microscopy

  • José Abad /
  • Juan Francisco González Martínez /
  • Jaime Colchero
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Review of Scientific Instruments
  • Volumen: 84
  • Número: 4
  • Fecha: 01 April 2013
  • ISSN: 00346748
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.4801460
  • Document Type: Article
In this work we describe two simple and compact submicrometer-precision sample holders that are easily integrated into a Scanning Force Microscopy (SFM) system. The designs are based on a traditional kinematic mounting or on self-adjustment of the sample holder and the upper piece of the piezoelectric scanner. With these sample holders the sample position is automatically recovered to within about 100 nm. The setup allows ex situ manipulation of the sample and SFM imaging of the same region without the aid of an optical microscope, positioning marks, and tedious re-allocation. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

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