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Increase your productivity with our powerfully versatile atomic force microscope

The Park XE15 includes many unique capabilities that make it ideal for shared labs that handle a diverse range of samples, researchers doing multi variant experiments, and failure analysis engineers working on wafers. Its reasonable price and robust feature set also make it one of the best value large-sample AFMs in the industry.

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Unique MultiSample™ scan boosts research productivity

Maximize your efficiency with the only AFM that offers the ability to image and measure multiple samples in one pass. Simply load the stage with your samples and initiate the scan process. This feature also allows you to scan the samples under identical environmental conditions, improving the accuracy and reliability of your data.

Large sample size increases possibilities

Unlike most AFMs, the Park XE15 can scan a sample of up to 150 mm x 150 mm. This makes it ideal for researchers wanting to scan larger samples or failure analysis engineers who need to place silicon wafers on the stage.

Features adaptable to any need

The Park XE15 features our most inclusive set of scan modes and can process a range of sample sizes. This makes it uniquely suited to shared labs with a wide range of individual requirements.

 

The Most Extensible AFM Solution

Supports Park’s most extensive range of SPM modes and options in the industry

Today's researchers need to characterize a wide range of physical properties under diverse measurement conditions and sample environments. Park Systems provides the most extensive range of SPM modes, the largest number of AFM options, and the best option compatibility and upgradeability in the industry for advanced sample characterization.graphene-topography-spm-modes
 

Park XE15 has the most Extensive range of SPM modes (*Optionally available)

 
 

The most convenient sample measurements with MultiSample™ scan

Park XE15 MultiSample™ scan system

  • Automated imaging of multiple samples in one pass
  • Specially designed multi-sample chuck for the loading of up to 16 individual samples
  • Fully motorized XY sample stage travels up to 150 mm x 150 mm

Using the motorized sample stage, MultiSample Scan™ enables programmable multiple region imaging in step-and-scan automation.

Here’s how it works:
1. Register multiple scan positions defined by a user
2. Image from the first scan position
3. Lift a cantilever
4. Move the motorized stage to the next user defined coordinate
5. Approach
6. Repeat scan

The registration of multiple scan positions are easily carried out by either entering sample-stage coordinates or sample de-skewing by two reference points. This automated feature greatly increases productivity by reducing the need for your interaction during the scan process.

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Accurate XY Scan by Crosstalk Elimination

Park Systems’ advanced Crosstalk Elimination (XE) scan system effectively addresses all of the above-mentioned problems. In this configuration, we used a 2-dimentional flexure stage to scan the sample in only the XY direction, and a stacked piezoelectric actuator to scan the probe cantilever in the Z direction only. The flexure stage used for the XY scanner is made of solid aluminum. It demonstrates high orthogonality and an excellent out-of-plane motion profile. The flexure stage can scan large samples (~1 kg) up to a few 100 Hz in the XY direction. This scan speed is sufficient because the bandwidth requirement for the XY axes is much lower than that for the Z axis. The stacked piezoelectric actuator for the Z-scanner has a high resonance frequency (~10 kHz) with a high pushpull force when appropriately pre-loaded.

 

XE scan system

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  • independent, loop XY and Z flexure scanners for sample and probe tip

XY flexure scanner

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  • Flat and orthogonal XY scan with low residual bow
 

XE-Peformence

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Figure 9. Zero background curvature by Park Systems XE-system (a) and typical background curvature of a conventional AFM system with a tube scanner (b). (c) shows the cross section of these background curvatures.

Figure 9. shows unprocessed AFM images of a bare silicon wafer taken with the XE-system (a), and with a conventional AFM (b). Since the silicon wafer is atomically flat, most of the curvatures in the image are scanner-induced artifacts. Figure 9. (c) shows the cross section of the images in Figure 9. (a) and (b). Since the tube scanner has intrinsic background curvatures, the maximum out-of-plane motion is as much as 80 nm when the X-axis moves 15 μm. The XE scan system has less than 1nm of out-of-plane motion for the same scan range. Another advantage of the XE scan system is its Z-servo response. Figure 10. is an image of a porous polymer sphere (Styrene Divinyl Benzene), whose diameter is about 5 µm, taken with the XE-system in Non-Contact mode. Since the Z-servo response of the XE-system is very accurate, the probe can precisely follow the steep curvature of the polymer sphere as well as small porous surface structures without crashing or sticking to the surface. Figure 11. shows another example that demonstrates the high performance of the z-servo response with a flat background.

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Figure 10. Figure 11.
 

Better tip life, sample preservation, and accuracy with True Non-Contact™ Mode

In True Non-Contact™ Mode, the tip-sample distance is successfully maintained at a few nanometers in the net attractive regime of inter-atomic force. The small amplitude of tip oscillation minimizes the tip-sample interaction, resulting in superb tip preservation and negligible sample modification.

True Non-Contact™ Mode

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  • Less tip wear = Prolonged high-resolution scan
  • Non-destructive tip-sample interaction = Minimized sample modification
  • Immunity from parameter dependent results

Tapping Imaging

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  • Quick tip wear = Blurred low-resolution scan
  • Destructive tip-sample interaction = Sample damage and modification
  • Highly parameter-dependent

Longer Tip Life and Less Sample Damage

The sharp end of an AFM tip is so brittle that once it touches a sample, it becomes instantly blunt and limits the resolution of an AFM and reduces the quality of the image. For softer samples, the tip will damage the sample and also result in inaccuracies of sample height measurements. Consequently, preserving tip integrity enables consistent high resolution and accurate data. True Non-Contact Mode of theXE-AFM superbly preserves the tip, resulting in much longer tip life and less sample damageThe figure, displayed in 1:1 aspect ratio, shows the unprocessed raw data image of a shallow trench isolation sample imaged by the XE-AFM, whose depth is also confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The same tip used in the imaging of the sample shows no tip wear even after taking 20 images. xe-afm
 

Park XE15 features

2D Flexure-Guided Scanner with 100 µm x 100 µm Scan Range

2D-Flexure-Guided-Scanner The XY scanner consists of symmetrical 2-dimensional flexure and high-force piezoelectric stacks provides high orthogonal movement with minimal out-of-plane motion as well as high responsiveness essential for precise sample scanning in the nanometer scale.

Flexure-Guided High Force Z Scanner

Driven by a high-force piezoelectric stack and guided by a flexure structure, its rigidity allows it to move at higher speeds in the vertical direction than the scanners used in conventional AFMs. The maximum Z scan range can be extended from 12 µm to 25µm with the optional long range Z scanner (optional).

Slide-to-Connect SLD Head
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The AFM head is easily inserted or removed by sliding it along a dovetail rail. The low coherency of the Super Luminescence Diode (SLD) enables accurate imaging of highly reflective surfaces and precise measurements for pico-Newton Force-distance spectroscopy. The SLD wavelength eliminates interference issues for users interested in combining the AFM with experiments in the visible spectrum.

Multi-sample Chuck
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The specially designed multi-sample chuck can load up to 16 individual samples, which can be scanned sequentially by MultiSample Scan Automation. The unique head design allows for easy side access to the sample tip.

Motorized XY Sample Stage with Optional Encoders
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The measurement location of the sample is easily and precisely controlled by the integrated motorized XY stage. The travel range of the XY sample stage can be configured for either 150 mm x 150 mm. The encoders, if used with the motorized stages, enable higher positioning repeatability for accurate sample positioning. The encoded XY stage travels in 1 µm resolution with 2 µm repeatability, and the encoded Z stage, in 0.1 µm resolution with 1 µm repeatability

High Resolution Digital CCD Camera with Digital Zoom
Direct on-axis high resolution digital CCD camera with digital zoom capability allows high clarity and high resolution image quality regardless of panning.
Vertically Aligned Motorized Z Stage and Focus Stage
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The Z stage and focus stage engage the cantilever with the sample surface while constantly maintaining a clear field of vision for the user. And because the focus stage is motorized and software controlled, it has the precision necessary for transparent samples and liquid cell applications.

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The nanoscale signals from the AFM are controlled and processed by the high performance Park XE electronics. With its low noise design and high speed processing unit, Park XE electronics successfully realize True Non-Contact™ mode ideal for nanoscale imaging as well as precise voltage and current measurement.

• High performance processing unit of 600 MHz and 4800 MIPS speed
• Low noise design for precise voltage and current measurement
•  Versatile system to utilize various SPM techniques
•  External Signal Access Module to access AFM input/output signals
•  Maximum 16 data images
•  Maximum data size: 4096 × 4096 pixels
•  ADC/DAC in 16 bit, 500 kHz speed
•  Electric noise isolation from PC by TCP/IP connection

 

Park XE15 Specifications

XY Scanner

Single-module flexure XY scanner with closed-loop control
Scan range : 100 µm × 100 µm

 

Motorized Stage

XY travel range : 150 mm × 150 mm, motorized 
Z travel range : 25 mm
Focus travel range : 20 mm, motorized
                                     Optional precision encoders for repeatable XY positioning

 

Z Scanner

Guided high-force Z scanner
Scan range : 12 µm
                       25 µm (optional)

Sample Mount

Sample size : Up to 150 mm
Thickness : Up to 20 mm

 

Vision

Direct on-axis vision of sample surface and cantilever
Coupled with 10× objective lens (20× optional)
Field-of-view : 480 × 360 µm
CCD : 1 Mpixel

 

Software

XEP

Dedicated system control and data acquisition software
Adjusting feedback parameters in real time
Script-level control through external programs(optional)

XEI

AFM data analysis software (running on Windows, MacOS X, and Linux)

 

Electronics

High performance DSP : 600 MHz with 4800 MIPS
Maximum 16 data images
Maximum data size : 4096 × 4096 pixels
Signal inputs : 20 channels of 16 bit ADC at 500 kHz samplings
Signal outputs : 21 channels of 16 bit DAC at 500 kHz settling
Synchronous signal : End-of-image, end-of-line, and end-of-pixel TTL signals
Active Q control (optional)
Cantilever spring constant calibration (optional)
CE Compliant
Power : 120 W
Signal Access Module (Optional)

 

AFM Modes
(*Optionally available)

Standard Imaging

True Non-Contact AFM
Basic Contact AFM
Lateral Force Microscopy (LFM)
Phase Imaging
Intermittent (tapping) AFM

Force Measurement*

Force Distance (FD) Spectroscopy
Force Volume Imaging

Dielectric/Piezoelectric Properties*

Electric Force Microscopy (EFM)
Dynamic Contact EFM (EFM-DC)
Piezoelectric Force Microscopy (PFM)
PFM with High Voltage

Mechanical Properties*

Force Modulation Microscopy (FMM)
Nanoindentation
Nanolithography
Nanolithography with High Voltage
Nanomanipulation
Piezoelectric Force Microscopy (PFM)

Magnetic Properties*

Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM)

Optical Properties*

Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)
Time-Resolved Photo Current Mapping (PCM)

Electrical Properties*

Conductive AFM
IV Spectroscopy
Scanning Kelvin Probe Microscopy (SKPM/KPM)
SKPM with High Voltage
Scanning Capacitance Microscopy (SCM)
Scanning Spreading-Resistance Microscopy (SSRM)
Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM)
Time-Resolved Photo Current Mapping (PCM)

Chemical Properties*

Chemical Force Microscopy with Functionalized Tip
Electrochemical Microscopy (EC-STM and EC-AFM)

 

AFM Options

Active Temperature-controlled Acoustic Enclosure

Innovative control brings the system quickly to its temperature equilibrium
Temperature stability of less than 0.05 ºC within10 minutes of closing AE door
Includes an active vibration isolation system

Encoders for Motorized Stage

The encoded XY stage travels in 1 µm resolution with 2 µm repeatability
The encoded Z stage travels in 0.1 µm resolution with 1 µm repeatability

Sample Plates

Vacuum grooves to hold wafers
Sample dimension : Up to 150 mm 

25 µm Z-scanner Head

Z scan range : 25 µm
Resonant frequency : 1.7 kHz
Laser type : LD (650 nm) or SLD (830 nm)
Noise floor : 0.03 nm (typical), 0.05 nm (maximum)

XE Optical Head

Optical access : top and side
Z scan range : 12 µm or 25 µm
Laser type : LD (650 µm) or SLD (830 µm)
Noise floor : 0.03 nm (typical), 0.05 nm (maximum)
Resonant frequency : 3 kHz (12 µm XE Head), 1.7 kHz (25 µm XE Head)

Clip-type Probehand

Unmounted cantilever can be used
Tip bias range : -10 V to + 10 V
Tip bias function available for EFM and Conductive AFM
Support all the standard and advanced modes but STM, SCM, and in-liquid imaging

Signal Access Module (SAM)

Enables access to various input/output signals for AFM
Scanner driving signal for the XY and Z scanners
Position signal for the XY and Z scanners
Cantilever deflection signals of the vertical/lateral direction
Bias signal for the sample and the cantilever
Driving signal for XE15
Auxiliary input signal to the system

Accessories

Electrochemistry Cell
Universal Liquid Cell with Temperature Control
Sample Stages with Temperature Control
Magnetic Field Generator

 

Dimensions in mm

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