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Tipcheck Product Sheet

The Problem

When imaging a new sample in an AFM, it may be difficult to know whether one has obtained an accurate representation of the surface. Even in the case that a fairly clear idea of expected feature topography exists, an independent means of assessing the influence of the probe tip on the image is desirable.

Consider the following:

A simple, convenient means to prescreen all of one's AFM tips is certainly desirable! You and your team can thereby save time and effort, and avoid frustration. Fortunately, there is a simple and effective means to prescreen your tips, and assess used tips as well.

The Answer is TipCheck

TipCheck exploits reverse imaging to provide a fast and simple way to assess new and used tips without the need for SEM inspection. TipCheck helps you to categorize your tips on the spectrum at right, and permits qualitative comparisons between tips.


The microstructure of the TipCheck film is ideal for the detection of tip morphology in the vicinity of the tip apex. The AFM images shown here were obtained by imaging a TipCheck surface with (left) a broken tip and (right) a reasonably good tip.

The film is supplied on a chip of silicon, ready to be placed in your AFM. Instructions are provided with examples of images to aid you in getting started with your own sample library.

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