Super sharp diamond-like carbon (DLC) tips* with typical curvature radius 1nm are extremely useful for obtaining high resolution on objects with sizes of several nanometers. DLC tips have very long lifetime due to the high material durability.
DLC tips can be grown on any standard probe series.
To guarantee 20nm working length of DLC tips TEM is used. 10% from total number of probes in the batch are selected for testing. At least 80% of those probes should have the only DLC tip which lengh is exceeded by 20nm others DLC tips on the same probe. In this case the whole batch is considered as passed the TEM test. On the surfaces with roughness bigger than 20nm double images are possible.
DLC tip specification:
SPM image of DNA deposited on HOPG is obtained by DLC tip.
SPM image of linearized plasmid DNA deposited on the modified HOPG obtained by DLC tip on the Solver P47 BIO (NT-MDT Co.) by Dr.Dmitry Klinov, Institut of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Science.