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Asylum Research MFP3D-SA


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The Asylum Research MFP3D-SA is a very versatile atomic force microscope, suitable for use with a wide range of samples and features a vast array of modes.

It has a z-range of 40 um (extended head model) and an x and y movement of up to 90 um in a closed loop scan. The microscope differs from most others available on the market due to using seperate piezos for each plane. This allows for the use of nano-position sensors, minimising hysterisis and creep, whilst also ensuring flat scans.

The MFP-3D is able to image conductive, semiconductive and insulating samples in both air and liquid environments. The head can be adjusted to fit a wide range of sample sizes and both top down and bottom up illumination of samples is possible.

A heating stage (30 to 250 Celsius) is also available for use with the MFP3D, with the ability to image under a constant flow of N2.



  • X & Y scan - 90 um
  • Z scan - 40 um
  • X & Y noise - < 0.5 nm
  • Z noise - < 0.06 nm
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Capabilities (modes)

  • Alternate contact, AC (tapping)
  • Contact mode
  • Conductive AFM (C-AFM)
  • Kelvin probe microscopy (SKPM)
  • Electrostatic force microscopy(EFM)
  • Dual AC
  • Force mapping
  • Nano-indentation

Example Images

Graphene ufm

Simultaneously captured height, UFM response, lateral and torsion and lateral amplitude.1



Height, frictional force microscopy and orientation map of graphene.2


Reference Publications

 1 M. S. Skilbeck et al. Nanotechnology, 2014, 25, 335708

2 A. J. Marsden et al. Nanotechnology, 2013, 24, 255704