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Scanning Probe Microscopes


A scanning probe microscope is a non-optical, physical-technical instrument that is used for high-resolution, detailed visualization of sample surfaces down to a range of 10 pm (picometer) and thus enables the investigation and imaging of surfaces at the atomic level. For example, the surfaces of metals, semiconductors, materials, nanomaterials, ceramics, organic substances, polymers with a high molecular weight or even biological samples can be made visible without prior coating, whereby the surface features can be displayed with a magnification of 1 to a million. The process itself is called scanning probe microscopy.

A distinction is made - depending on the type of interaction - between different types of scanning probe microscopes; in detail: magnetic force microscopes (MKM), atomic force microscopes (RKM), scanning tunneling microscopes (RTM), optical and acoustic scanning near-field microscopes.

In the following overview you will find a list of manufacturers, their products and suppliers of scanning probe microscopes of various types and with different screening methods for use in laboratories, research, teaching and industry.

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International Manufacturers and Suppliers

Anton Paar
Atomic force microscopes for small budgets - [d, e]

Innovative scanning probe microscopy (SPM) products offering extraordinary levels of performance, value, and ease-of-use for a wide range of application from surface topography to a wide variety of nanoscale surface property measurements - [e]

... a leading supplier of scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), transmission electron microscopes (TEMs), scanning probe microscopes (SPMs), mass spectrometers, NMR spectrometers, and semiconductor tools for scientific and industrial purposes - [e]

Atomic force microscope for correlative AFM and SEM measurements - [e]

High resolution scanning probe microscopes - [e]


Anfatec Instruments AG
Measurement technology and scanning probe microscopy - [e]

DME Nanotechnologie GmbH
... is a company that mainly deals with the development and manufacture of scanning probe microscopes - [d, e]

FRT - The Art of Metrology
... mainly uses optical measuring technology in the development and manufacture of surface measuring devices - [d]

Jeol Deutschland
Electron optics and scanning probe microscopes - [d]

JPK Instruments AG
... is a developer of a new generation of scanning probe microscopes for soft matter and life sciences - [e]

... is a manufacturer of high-resolution optical and scanning probe microscopy solutions for scientific and industrial applications: Scanning Near-field optical Microscopy (SNOM or NSOM); Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM); Confocal Microscopy; Raman Microscopy - [e]

United States of America, USA

Advanced Surface Microscopy
... solves processing and materials problems using scanning probe microscopy since 1990 - [e]

Angstrom Advanced Inc.
... offers a wide variety of atomic force microscopes (AFM's) to suit your research needs - [e]

Micro Photonics
... is the leading source of advanced instrumentation for scientific and industrial research - [e]

Nanoscience Instruments, Inc.
... is your one source for a variety of AFM systems, probes, accessories, and related nanoscience tools - [e]

Novascan Technologies, Inc.
... offers Atomic Force Microscopes as well as specialized Atomic Force Microscopes that can be integrated with a variety of complimentary instruments such as confocal microscopes, Laser optical traps, and a host of optical microscope setups - [e]

Park Systems
Park Systems' AFM solutions are derived from our innovations and meet the most rigorous scientific research and nano-manufacturing process control requirements across various fields - [e]

... is an independent analytical testing laboratory specializing in the application of atomic-force microscopy (AFM) to materials research and development - [e]

Veeco Instruments Inc.
... provides the tools to make, measure and visualize today's world-changing technologies - [e]

United Kingdom

Infinitesima Limited
... is a dynamic company that is paving the way to a new era in microscopy - [e]


Portable scanning probe microscope in a UHV-suitcase etc. - [e]

... heads the world market with its innovative high quality scanning probes for SPM (Scanning Probe Microscopy) - [e]

Nanosurf AG
Research and development of scanning probe microscopes (SPM) and positioning devices with nanometre resolution - [e]


CSI - Concept Scientific Instruments
... is a French scientific equipment manufacturer specialized in the conception of Atomic Force Microscope and options designed for existing AFM - [e]


Unisoku Co., Ltd.
Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) Systems comprising Load-Lock Chamber, Preparation Chamber and Observation Chamber is possible to exchange the probe and the sample while keeping in the Ultra High Vacuum and / or the Low Temperature - [e]


Nano Scan Technologies
Scanning probe microscopes (SPM, AFM, STM), Raman/AFM, confocal microscopes - [e]


Nanonics Imaging
... is the premier innovator of AFM and NSOM systems in the SPM market - [e]


Last update: 08.11.2022

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