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Bruker Introduces Nanoscratch Capability for Nanomechanical Testing

Characterizes resistance of thin films and coatings to scratching, cracking, chipping, scuffing, and delamination

Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 12:09

(Bruker: San Jose, CA) -- Bruker’s Nano Surfaces Division has released a nanoscale scratch option for its NanoForce Nanomechanical Testing System. The new option brings the low-noise floor, precision, and stability of the NanoForce to controlled lateral displacement between tip and sample during nanoindentation. This significantly expands the platform’s capabilities to characterize the resistance of thin films and coatings to scratching, cracking, chipping, scuffing, and delamination, without compromising its ability to accurately investigate the uniformity of mechanical properties via instrumented indentation tests on nanoscale surfaces and structures over large sample areas.

“The NanoForce system already has a reputation of being well-suited for testing of modulus and hardness of thin films and coatings with its standard dynamic testing methods,” says Min Yang, director of applications at Bruker Nano Surfaces. “The addition of nanoscratch capabilities to perform characterization of other important thin-film mechanical properties on a single, high-performance platform greatly enhances this legacy and positions NanoForce as an invaluable asset for investigating nanomechanical performance of new material systems.”

“NanoForce has demonstrated superior capabilities for some of the most challenging nanoindentation applications in research labs,” adds James Earle, vice president and general manager of Bruker’s Tribology, Stylus, and Optical Metrology Business. “The new nanoscale scratch capabilities demonstrate our commitment to delivering the most advanced nanomechanical material testing and analysis solutions available anywhere.”

About NanoForce
Leveraging the accuracy afforded by electromagnetic actuation technology, NanoForce is a nanomechanical testing system that delivers high sensitivity at industry-leading measurement speeds. NanoForce features powerful, user-friendly measurement and control software, which enables real-time experimental control based on recorded or calculated data. Built upon Bruker’s Dimension Icon AFM product architecture, the innovative gantry design and hardware architecture provide excellent positional accuracy as well as acoustic and vibration isolation to establish an optimal testing environment for challenging nanoindentation applications in materials science. An optional 200 mm vacuum chuck offers convenience for the mounting of wafer samples, and built-in safety features protect the head assembly during translation of the X-Y stages.

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Bruker develops, manufactures, and provides scientific instruments and solutions for molecular and materials research and for industrial and applied analysis. In close cooperation with our customers, Bruker is enabling innovation, productivity and customer success in life science molecular research, in applied and pharma applications, in microscopy, nano-analysis and industrial applications, as well as in cell biology, preclinical imaging, clinical research, microbiology and molecular diagnostics.