Scanning electrochemical workstation

OSP – M470.

A technique for the M470 workstation

The Optical Surface Profiler option of Bio-Logic’s modular M470 scanning electrochemical workstation.

The Optical Surface Profiler option of BioLogic’s modular M470 scanning electrochemical workstation.

The Optical Surface Profiler (OSP) is a non-contact topography technique. In OSP light, specifically for the OSP470 a laser light is used to detect the height changes of a surface. Height changes of less than 1 µm to 10 mm are detectable using the OSP470. The OSP470 has been designed for use with the other modules available on the M470 system. The combination of the OSP measurement with other techniques is made easier by the ability to co-mount the OSP470 head with any of the electrochemical probes of the M470. Furthermore, the data measured from an OSP measurement can be used to perform constant distance measurements of the other techniques on the M470.


OSP can be used to determine the topography of any sample of interest. In material measurements, the M470 software can be used to determine the surface roughness parameters of a sample measured in an OSP experiment. When used in corrosion studies it can determine the topography of pitted samples, or allow coating thicknesses to be measured. In other fields such as sensor studies, OSP can be used to determine the height profile of the sample for use in constant height measurements.



Overview: An easy to set up, fast, non-destructive topography technique

  • Fast: Area scans of >10,000 points measurable in minutes
  • Non-destructive: There is no physical contact with the sample.
  • Can be paired with other techniques


Fast, non-destructive topography technique

The OSP470 module provides the fastest topography measurement available on the M470 system. The use of the laser light to measure topography means the OSP measurement can be performed almost exclusively at high speeds in the sweep scan mode. In this way, full area scans of >10,000 data points can be measured in minutes. Just as important OSP is completely non-destructive with no physical contact made at any point during the measurement.


Can be used as the topography input for all M470 height tracking measurements

Many scanning probe electrochemistry techniques are distance-dependent. Therefore, for rough samples, or for samples with background tilt it can be difficult to maintain the strongest signal throughout the scan. One way to ensure the highest sensitivity throughout these scans is to perform a constant distance measurement using the height tracking capability. The area scans measured in OSP can be used in any height tracking measurement on the M470. This means users can quickly determine the topography of their sample in a non-destructive manner prior to making their electrochemical measurement of interest.


Workstation Software

The Scanning Electrochemical Workstation software provides unique capabilities and interactivity in support of the Model 370 and Model 470 nanometer-resolution scanning probe microscopes. This highly ergonomic software has been designed to facilitate and improve the user experience and render workflows more efficient:

  • Improved data analysis, manipulation and interactivity
  •  Automatic measurement and sequencing functionalities.

Over 40 discrete experiments provided throughout, each with their own individual variations


Scanning Stage
Scan Range (x,y,z) 110 mm x 110 mm x 110 mm
Minimal Step Size (x,y,z) 20 nm
Positioning Closed loop positioning, linear, zero hysteresis encoder with direct real-time readout of displacement in x, y, z
Linear position encoder resolution 20 nm
Max Scan Speed 10 mm/s
Measurement Resolution 32-bit decoder @ up to 40 MHz
Dimensions 500 mm (H) x 400 mm (W) x 675 mm (D)


Measurement Range 10 mm
Reference Distance 30 mm
Maximum Vertical Resolution (Static) 100 nm
Spot Size 30 µm at focus
Maximum Scan Speed 10 mm/s
Multiple Readings Averaged Yes
Correct Positioning Red Light/ Green Light
Light Source 650 nm class 2 semiconductor laser max. 0.95 mW


Available Experiments Line Scan, Area Scan

How do I use the M470?

Connection of 3300 potentiostats to the cell

Connection of SP-300 potentiostats to the cell

Setting up the probe & building the MicroTriCell

Experimental conditions and set-up

Probe characterization

Sample characterization

Approach experiment on resin (insulator)

Approach experiment on Gold (conductor)

Line Scan and Area Scan


Is there any analysis software available for use with the M470?

What application areas can I use the M470 for?

I see you supply 1 µm probes. Can I use these with the M470?

The following application note relates to 1 µm probes

Can I perform constant distance measurements?

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