PICOCAL's specialized probes are very sensitive to frictional forces. Polyimide has a lower shear modulus, which allows for improved LFM imaging and LFM based topography. Scanning rates of 16 Hz (0.5 mm/sec) have been demonstrated for lateral force imaging detecting less than 250 nm features over 15 micron line.
Relevant Publication: An experimental study of the contact mode AFM scanning capability of polyimide cantilever probes, Gaitas, Angelo; Gianchandani, Yogesh B. Source: Ultramicroscopy, v 106, n 8-9, June/July, 2006, p 874-880
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