Piuma Nanoindenter

Equipment Location: 
248 MRL

The Optics11 Piuma soft material nanoindenter uses cantilever-based nanoindentation (similar to AFM force curves) to determine the Young's modulus of samples with moduli from a few tens of pascal to 1 GPa.  Maximum displacement during the indent is 20 microns.  Probe tips are spherical glass beads with diameters of 10-50 microns, enabling operation of the instrument as a simplified cousin of colloidal probe AFM.  Operation in air or fluid and automated grids of indentations are simple to set up.