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Proximal Nanoprobe

Micromechanical Tester

Location:  69 Shepherd Labs

Contact:  John Nelson


  • Maximum Sample size: Specimens 2 cm high and 5 cm across.  Larger samples can be accommodated with some geometrical constraints.  A smooth surface produces best results.
  • Load resolution: 50 µN.
  • Depth resolution: 5 nm.
  • Hot stage: fixed temperatures from ambient to 100° C.
  • Tangential load cell for measuring lateral forces.
  • Virtually any test that requires pushing or pulling under carefully controlled conditions within the physical limits of the equipment can be performed.
  • Materials and coatings of all kinds from highly viscous polymers to diamond-like carbon have been studied.

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