The surface metrology solutions provider Digital Surf SARL has signed a cooperation agreement with ICMAB-CSIC (Institut de Ciéncia de Materials de Barcelona, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), the advanced materials research institute at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The agreement falls within the framework of Digital Surf’s Mount Shasta technical cooperation programme with internationally reputed laboratories engaged in scientific research and already using Digital Surf’s MountainsMap® surface analysis software.
Under the agreement, the MountainsMap installed base at ICMAB will be expanded, and ICMAB will provide Digital Surf with technical feedback pertinent to the development of future generations of MountainsMap software.
ICMAB carries out advanced materials research in numerous fields. The institute is engaged in projects and research contracts for the synthesis, preparation, crystallization, and characterization of functional high-performance materials, including nanomaterials, and has constructed several device prototypes.
Advanced materials research and surface engineering require state-of-the-art surface measurement equipment and surface visualization and analysis software. ICMAB uses scanning probe microscopes (SPMs) from Agilent Technologies and NanoTec Electrónica in addition to Digital Surf’s MountainsMap.
Software based on Digital Surf’s Mountains® technology, including MountainsMap and custom software integrated by surface metrology instrument manufacturers worldwide, is a reference in 2D/3D/4D surface analysis. The software is continually updated to include the latest industry standards and methods and to incorporate innovations from Digital Surf’s specialists in surface metrology.
MountainsMap inputs and processes multilayer SPM files, including topography, phase, current, deflection, and other layers. It generates reports through an intuitive multilanguage desktop publishing user interface. A comprehensive set of studies includes dimensional control; the analysis of grains, particles, and nanoislands; and advanced spectral and autocorrelation analyses. Uniquely, the software can partition a surface into subsurfaces and analyze each subsurface just as it would a full surface.
“ICMAB has carried out numerous studies with MountainsMap surface analysis software since we started using it in 2005,” says Dr. Angel Pérez del Pino, a senior technical specialist at ICMAB. “The institute is pleased to be able to participate officially in the evolution of the software, especially in the domain of nanotechnology.”
Christophe Mignot, CEO of Digital Surf, is happy to have been able to sign a technical cooperation agreement with an institute that leads in several areas of nanotechnology research. “Enhancing MountainsMap software to support cutting-edge applications in a seamless and straightforward way is an important component of Digital Surf’s strategy,” he explains.