Pan S. Jung - Gilbert AZ
Daphna R. Yaniv - Scottsdale AZ
Molecular Imaging Corp. - Tempe AZ
A scanning probe microscope such as an atomic force microscope for measuring a feature of a sample surface with a sharp probe over an area of interest by means of a collimated light beam reflected from a reflective surface responsive to movement of the sharp probe relative to the sample surface, the movement detected by a position sensitive photodetector, includes a scanner having one end fixed and another end free and attached to the sharp probe for moving the sharp probe. Also fixed to the free end of the scanner is a mount for a beam tracking lens which is interposed into the collimated light beam to cause a focus spot of the light beam to track translational movement of the reflective surface caused by the scanner. In this way, a wide range of scanning ranges up to about 100. times. 100 square micrometers is accommodated as is scanner head and scanner mode switching without the need to disturb the sample.