Types of equipment we handle

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  • Dimension 3000 and 3100 Atomic Force Microscope Systems
  • NanoScope III and IIIa controllers and parts
  • Multimode AFM
  • Dimension 5000 Microscope
  • BioScope
  • Small sample Contact Mode AFMs for use with any NanoScope Controller
  • Small sample Scanning Tunneling Microscopes (STMs) for use with NanoScope Controllers
  • NanoScope AFM Scanners:  “A”, “D”, “E”, “EV”, “J”, “JV”, “JVLR”
  • NanoScope STM Scanners:  “A”, “C”, “D”
  • OMV-fine system specifically configured for use with top view AFM’s (MultiMode AFM or Contace Mode AFM)
  • STM Converters for MultiMode AFM.
  • NanoScope control PC’s.

Major Components of a NanoScope Scanning Probe Microscope System

Control station, consisting of a Workstation and a Controller:

Workstation:  PC with command and graphics monitor(s) and software for realtime Microscope operation and offline data analysis.  Includes interface to the controller

Controller:  Analog and Digital electronics that drives the microscope.  May also include an addtional electronics box (“Phase box” or Extender) for advanced scanning modes such as Phase and Surface Potential (Scanning Kelvin) imaging.

Stage Controller: Microscopes such as Dimension scanner have computer controlled mechanical stages for sample positioning and optical review before or during scanning.  Most models require a separate stage controller.

Microscope:  The AFM (Atomic Force Microscope) or STM (Scanning Tunneling Microscope)

All Microscopes include a base, scanner, and sensor.  In different models these basic items are found in different physical components.  See table:

Microscope Base Scanner Sensor
Small sample AFMs (contact mode and MultiMode) Contains stepper motor and electronics.  Supports scanner. Contains piezo element.  Supports and scans the sample. “Optical head” includes laser, photodiode, tip holder, XY translation stage (some models)
Small sample STM Contains stepper motor and  electronics. Contains piezo elements and electronics.  Holds and scans the probe. Included in scanner.
Dimension AFM Supports scanner and sample stage.  Contains stepper motors and electronics. Dimension 3000 is supplied with external lamp, power supply and vacuum for sample stage.  In Dimension 3100 AFM, those items are integrated in the Dimension 3100 controller. Contains piezo element and optical sensor.  Holds and scans the probe. Included in scanner.
BioScope AFM A special adapter plate supports the scanner.  A separate box contains electronics to operate the scanner. Same as Dimension scanner Included in scanner.


A complete system = Control Station + Microscope
A Control Station = Workstation + Controller + (Some systems) Stage Controller
A Micrscope = Base + Scanner + Sensor (which may be included in scanner)

Why Buy a Used NanoScope from ASM?

  • Save Money
  • High Quality:  NanoScopes are famous for their reliability and user friendly nature
  • Save Time.  Rapid delivery of in-stock equipment.

Since 1993, we have been buying and selling used NanoScope equipment around the world.  We have the expertise to understand your application and we can suggest suitable equipment.  We test all equipment we sell and we won’t sell equipment that does not work.  We’re NanoScope users ourselves (since 1987).  With our long experience in SPM we know when the equipment is working and when it is not working.

We know how to make NanoScopes work for you.

We buy and sell Complete Systems and Individual Components.