covers the features of Profilometers and 3D Coordinate Measuring Machines by three equivalent axes of movement and measurements along a path, not only along one axis – with a resolution of single Nanometers on Centimeters of stroke.
detects a contact with its sensor vertically and sidewise: fully 3D.
measures 3D-profiles, inner and outer contours, dimensional features as well as surface roughness, also sidewise.
overcomes the restrictions of Profilometers, Coordinate Measuring Machines and AFMs.
is part of our Nanorobotics and can be integrated in all our systems, freely programmable from point operations to complete measurement tasks.
3 axes with 10 – 50 mm stroke in xy and 10-20 mm stroke in z
0.5 nm movement resolution
2 nm position sensor resolution
scan resolution up to 2 nm (setup dependent)
Nanofinger® probe tips can have different shape, hardness and a radius from 50 nm up to a few mm, e.g. to operate as manipulation tool
3d topography measurements for coarse and fine sample structures
dimensional measurements in all directions
automation on many different levels, also within other processes
as standard application package of the Nanoworkbench
standalone with low-vibration granite setup
small standalone machine for easy transport
inside of CNC machines
part of universal testing benches
within micro production systems
Adding 3D to conventional SEM or FIB surface imaging information – In situ Surface Sensing and Nanoprofilometry for Focused Electron and Ion Beam Induced Processes Verification Andre Linden, Frank Nouvertné, Axel Rudzinski, Torsten Michael, Mark Levermann, Eva Maynicke Download PDF
The Nanofinger® sensor is a small MEMS device that detects the distance between its probe tip and a sample. In a distance of about 10 nm the Nanofinger® sensor detects the sample by measuring the Van-Der-Vaals forces between sample and tip – without touching the sample.
The Nanofinger® sensor is driven by a special high speed electronics that reacts with a bandwidth of several KHz. The Nanofinger® sensor is moved towards a sample in closed loop with 1 nm increments until it reaches the desired signal value (e.g. at 75% amplitude). At this moment the position of the stage that moves this sensor is stored as coordinate data. The Nanofinger® sensor is removed again and then moved aside for the next approach, at any time in closed loop with 1 nm increments, in any direction X, or Y or Z over Centimeters stroke.
Since all movement axes of the 3D-Nanofinger® offer 1 nm movement resolution, it is easy to prepare a 3d image by making arrays of Linescans.
The 3D-Nanofinger® is one module of our Nanorobotics and can be moved and programmed just as any other sensor or actuator in the system.
As a module the 3D-Nanofinger® can be used stand-alone or inside of Nanorobotics and micro production systems or e.g. CNC machines.
Within the “Nanoworkbench” from Klocke Nanotechnik the 3D-Nanofinger® can be used in any SEM/FIB system as “Scout” to guide other tools to the sample or for 3d Topography measurements. A “Live Image Positioning” module directs the Nanofinger® in xy to the target point just by mouse-click into the SEM Image.
The Nanofinger® can be programmed by simple teaching like all other tool of the system, e.g. for Scouting, for finding a maximum point on a sample measure the height or guide an electrical probe there. Even full 3d-profiles can be parts of a bigger process.
®: Nanofinger is a registered trademark of Klocke Nanotechnik GmbH, Aachen