Mimea BP5e

The Mimea base package BP5e is the latest evolution of the Nanonis SPM control system. It combines exceptional signal quality, high speed and a flexible, powerful and user-friendly software interface. The enhanced BP5e builds on the exceptional performance and signal quality of the BP5 and offers higher speed and more functionality and flexibility.

Enhanced SPM control system Base Package 5E

The BP5e can perform scanning and spectroscopy measurements up to 50x faster than with the previous generation. Up to 1,000,000 Pixels per second can be generated. BP5e can be upgraded at any time to operate multiple tips. A single SO5 added to the BP5e provides a total of 24 outputs, which are enough to control 4 Independent tips leaving 8 outputs available for any other purpose. Everything else is handled by the software: Multiple Z-controllers and a switchable scan engine ensure that any tip can be used for scanning while the others are kept at a constant distance to the sample. As a new add-on module programming interface for LabVIEW, Python, Matlab, C++ and many more is avaliable now. Competitive advantage in research is often based on the modification of an instrument that allows the researcher to perform experiments in a way nobody else has done before. This is where the Programming Interface steps in: to give you the building blocks to design your own experiment. The user can either program in LabVIEW or in Python, Matlab, C++ or any other programming language able to write to and read from a TCP port on the host PC.


  • Up to 50x faster scanning and spectroscopy
  • Uncompromising signal quality
  • Full flexibility for most advanced measurement techniques
  • Works with any SPM in any mode
  • Future-proof state-of-the-art hardware
  • Simple extension to a multiprobe control system
  • TCP interface and LabVIEW PI now avaliable as an option






Atom Manipulation with Nanonis SPM Controller
Atom manipulation often attracts the interest of researchers, not only for observing artificial patterns on the surface, but also since it allows preparing ideal “samples” on surfaces, designed for a specific measurement. At the same time, however, it often requires a complete custom made scanning probe controller. Although the first systematic atom manipulation was demonstrated in 1990s, it is still challenging for mostresearchers. This application notes shows how the fully-digital Nanonis SPM controller with its LabVIEW Programming Interface can significantly reduce the technical challenges and simplify the manipulation process.
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Non-Contact Atomic Resolution in Liquid Using Nanonis OC4
AFM imaging in liquid is often challenging due to poor quality factor of the cantilever and high environmental noise. With these challenges in mind, we constructed a beam-deflection AFM designed for imaging in various environments [1, 2]. Since we wanted to operate our AFM in frequency modulation mode, we combined the Nanonis OC4 (used as a PLL) together with the Asylum MFP3D controller and were able to obtain true atomic-resolution in liquid (right image).
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Controlling QPlus small Amplitudes with Nanonis Setup
A growing number of users are opting for a modified setup of their STM combining a standard instrument with a QPlus Sensor to do non-contact AFM. QPlus sensors can be easily integrated with the existing STM head since they are based on oscillations of quartz tuning forks. The detection of such oscillations is done electrically and no additional laser system is required. When combined with low temperature this technique leads to a large spectrum of applications.
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22-bit on all Ouput Channels: Nanonis hrDAC
In digital SPM control system the resolution of the digital-analog converters has always been a limiting factor, both in achieving atomic resolution and in spectroscopy applications. The newly developed hrDAC™ not only overcomes these limitations, but compared to the usual offset/gain approach, also has a series of other advantages.
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Optimizing PLL Feedback Parameters: Nanonis perfectPLL
Setting up a phase-locked loop (PLL) for use in non-contact applications is difficult. Four free feedback parameters for amplitude and phase control and two additional free parameters for the z-feedback leave a lot of room for incorrect settings and unwanted tip-crashes. Therefore we wanted to find a simple and reliable way to set up our PLL.
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