Specifications of Phoenix AFM Controller


  • Xilinx Zynq System on a Chip with Dual 667MHz ARMÒ CortexÒ - A9 MPCore with CoreSight™ running Linux-based real-time OS with Artix™ -7 FPGA, 85K Logic cells
  • Three 40MHz 16bit ADCs with analog programmable 1-128 gains and 8 channels of 1 MHz 18bit ADCs for closed-loop, support signals, and other auxiliary analog inputs.
  • Three 40MHz 16bit high-speed DACs configured with 16bit Gain and Offset DACs.​

High-Voltage Module

  • The High Voltage Module for the Multimode™, Dimension™ (Bruker) and Agilent/Keysight 5500 series microscopes output range ±220 Volt signals for ±X, ±Y, ±Z.  An optional auxiliary high voltage generator output ±45 Volts(for High voltage Piezo force, etc).
  • 3 triple DACs 135 kHz for X, Y, and Z-axis control.  Nominal 32bit resolution, noise limit ≤ 1 ppm of full scale at the High Voltage Output.
  • Voltage noise Z < 0.05 Å, X, Y < 1 Å (MultiMode microscope with a 100 µm scanner).​

Laptop PC

  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H
  • 2.6GHz Processor, 16GB Memory
  • 1.0 TB HDD, 256GB SSDWindows 10 OS

Interface Board
The Interface boards are available for the MultiMode™ AFM microscopes (Bruker), and the 5500 microscopes (Keysight). These boards connect from the original manufacturer's standard interface connectors to the Phoenix controller interface bus.  


USB  interface to host computer

Size and Weight: W 48cm D51cm H 18cm; 19”×20”×7”; 14 kg; 31 lbs

Power: 100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz


  • Standard AFM modes: Contact/LFM, Tapping, Oscillatory Non-Resonant mode (ONR), Piezoelectric Force mode (PFM).
  • Advanced modes: PLL related modes: Amplitude Modulation with Frequency Imaging (AM-FI), Frequency Modulation with Amplitude Imaging (FM-AI),  Contact Resonance Imaging mode (CRIM).
  • Five lock-in amplifiers operating at frequencies up to 8 MHz are employed for multi-frequency operations and a set of AFM electric modes for studies of surface potential and capacitance gradients.
  • Gentle probe engagement protocol.
  • Thermal Tune calibration up to 20 MHz.
  • STM
  • Conductive AFM (CAFM)
  • Image file format Gwyddion, Scan parameters, and notes saved as Metadata in the file.
  • Spectroscopy file format tab-delimited text, similar to KeySight format

Coming soon

  • Scanning Thermal Noise Microscopy (SThNM),