Cantilevers for a magnetically driven atomic force microscope
Patent 5866805 Issued on February 2, 1999. Estimated Expiration Date: September 12, 2016. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
A force sensing cantilever for use in a scanning probe microscope has both a top side and a bottom side. From the bottom side extends a probe tip. The bottom side is coated with a thin film of a first material and the top side is coated with a thin film of a second material. The first and second materials may be the same or they may be different. The materials and thicknesses of the respective films are selected so as to create opposing forces to counter the tendency of such cantilevers to bend when a thin film is applied to only one side thereof.
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