Scanning Probe Microscopy at Mount Holyoke College

Katherine Aidala
Associate Professor of Physics
211 Kendade Hall
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
email: kaidala@mtholyoke.edu

The scanning probe microscope in the lab is an Asylum Research MFP-3D, which provides full access to the code controlling the SPM and thereby provides customizability.  Add-ons to the system provide the following capabilities:

  • enclosed heater stage, heat in inert gas to 250°C
  • fluid heater stage, heat in liquid to 80°C
  • VFM stage, in-plane magnetic field up to 2500 Oe, using a rare earth magnet

Additional facilities can be found in Prof. Alexi Arango's lab, including a fume hood and an inert-evironment three-glovebox system that enables wet and dry deposition, plasma cleaning, metal and organic deposition by thermal evaporation and optoelectronic characterization.

Other collaborations and facilities include Prof. Mark Tuominen's group at UMass, Amherst, the Conte Nanotechnology Cleanroom also at UMass, Amherst and Harvard's NNIN computational center.



Lab Photos


Asylum MFP3D Atomic Force Microscope

Asylum MFP3D Atomic Force Microscope

Data VFM

Data Aquisition computers and workstation

VFM Stage with B=+/-250mT