The right choice of AFM probes is extremely important for the quality of your AFM
work. The BudgetSensors AFM probes are an excellent choice for
today’s high demands in nanotech research. Designed by specialists in AFM,
they combine the latest technology of AFM tip/cantilever manufacturing
with a realistic pricing. Made of monolithic silicon, they fit into most commercially
available AFM’s (See Below for a Complete List) and outperform all other silicon AFM probes on the market when
it comes to value, sharpness, symmetry and consistency. The BudgetSensors
AFM probes are specifically designed for different AFM modes and are available with
a variety of coatings to give the highest resolution needed for cutting
edge nanoscale imaging.
The silicon AFM probe products are:
AFM probes are all available with some or all of the following high quality coatings (depending on series):
- Tap300 series for tapping mode
- Tap150G series for soft tapping mode
- Tap190G series with longer cantilever for tapping mode (Quesant AFM Systems)
- Multi75 series for force modulation mode
- Contact series for contact mode and pulse force mode
- Magnetic AFM Probe, an excellent choice for MFM applications
- NEW All-In-One series with four cantilevers
- AL - Aluminium coating of the cantilever for enhanced reflectivity
- Electri - Chromium/Platinum electrically conductive coating for Electric Modes
- GD - Partial gold coating of the cantilever for enhanced reflectivity for special applications such as in liquids
- GB - Overall gold coating of the cantilever where the probe acts as an electrode
- M - Magnetic Coating
- DLC - Diamond-like-Coating on tip side of cantilever.
NEW DLC Diamond-like-Coatings for the Tapping, Force Modulation and Contact Mode
AFM probes providing a hard coating on the tip side of the cantilever. The hard DLC coating offers high durability,
reduced tip wear and increased tip life. At the same time, the DLC coating is so thin that the tip radius is still less
than 15nm. The DLC coating is not electrically conductive. All DLC coated AFM tips have an aluminum reflex coating on the
back side of the cantilever and alignment grooves on the holder chip.
Overview of Budget Sensors Si AFM Tips and Available Coatings
Some AFM systems, such as NanoScale, SIS, and others which use the nanosensors alignment chip as a standard feature, require alignment grooves on the back side of the AFM holder chip for correct holding and
calibration of each AFM probe. All products with alignment grooves have "-G" in their product number.
Available AFM Probes with alignment grooves are:
- Multi75AL-G; Multi75E-G; Multi75M-G
Please Note: The presence of the alignment Grooves does not affect the AFM probe in
systems that do not require this feature. AFM probes with grooves have the same specifications
and pricing as the equivalent probes without alignment grooves.
Budget Sensors tipchecker,
an SPM sample for fast, convenient and efficient determination of the AFM tip condition.
Budget Sensor cost effective AFM calibration standards with
20, 100 and 500nm step height.
Order a combination of whatever probes you want.
gives you a choice of 50 AFM probes from any available BudgetSensors AFM Probe models you need.
Technical information and dimensions for the BudgetSensor AFM holder, cantilever and tip:
AFM Holder Chip
The AFM Holder Chip fits most commercial AFM's as it has industry standard size.
It is compatible with DI Nanoscope, PSI, JEOL, NT-MDT, Asylum, VEECO, WiTec and other
The AFM Cantilever is micromachined monolithic Silicon, comprising excellent uniformity.
It provides high quality imaging for all standard AFM's.
The AFM Tip is a micromachined monolithic Silicon probe, exhibiting excellent uniformity
and a sharp tip radius. The consistent tip radius of less than 10nm gives good resolution
and reproducibility. The probes (except the Silicon Nitride tip) feature an "on
scan angle" symmetric tip to provide a more symmetric representation of features
The BudgetSensors AFM probes are compatible with virtually all AFM systems on the market, please see the list below. Any exceptions are mentioned. If your AFM system is not mentioned in the list, please contact us to ask for compatibility.
- AFM Workshop
- Agilent - formerly Molecular Imaging (BudgetSensors Probes cannot be used for MAC Mode operation)
- Ambios (now KLA)
- Asylum Instruments
- Beiing Nanoinstruments
- Bruker - formerly Veeco/formerly Digital Instruments (DI) (BudgetSensors Probes cannot be used for ScanAsyst Mode)
- Digital Instruments (now Bruker)
- Force Precision
- KLA-Tencor - formerly Ambios & Quesant Molecular Imaging / now Agilent (BudgetSensors Probes cannot be used for MAC Mode operation)
- Nanosurf (cannot use cantilevers with 125 um length)
- Nanotec Electronica
- NT-MDT Pacific Nanotechnology (sold to Agilent)
- Park Systems (formerly PSIA)
- Quesant (now Ambios, now KLA-Tencor)
- SiS GmbH (sold to Bruker)
- SII Nanotechnology
- Thermo Microscopes
- Veeco (now Bruker)