Instrumentation and Capabilities
Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM)
The NPC Lab provides both state-of-the-art microscopic techniques to visualize surfaces, adsorbates, nanostructures and devices at the atomic and molecular scale. Since SPM systems directly interact with the material of interest, they are also able to go beyond imaging and probe local physiochemical properties such as friction, adhesion, stiffness/modulus, electrical charge and local magnetism. By combining multiple modes of SPM based on the fundamental methods of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), the facility enables thorough investigation of local physical, chemical and electrical properties necessary for complete study of an experimental system under a wide range of experimental conditions.