Small cantilever head with photothermal drive

Would you like a copy of our small cantilever readout head for non-commercial purposes? We encourage you to contact us at georg.fantner (at) for assistance. You can download the following files, which containing some additional information about the readout head design.

Photothermal Small Lever Head v2 Assembly Guide
We made a guide which is a reminder on how the head is built and how to build it.
If you have the curiosity to read it, you may also learn how to prepare PCBs, learn a bit of mechanics and some secrets about machining and assembling parts.
Here is the pdf.

Explosion diagram of top level v2 photothermal head


All the aforementioned files can as well be downloaded with this .zip file.

Workshop 2018

Workshop 2018 

Workshop 2016


Group photo of completed 2016 small cantilever head workshop

Laboratories with EPFL small lever head technology

  • Durham University – Experimental Soft Matter
  • University of Basel – Nanolino
  • University College London – London Centre for Nanotechnology
  • Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid – ForceTool group
  • Weizmann Institute of Science – Surface Analysis Laboratory
  • University of Technology Twente – Physics of Complex Fluids
  • Academia Sinica (IPAS) – Institute of Physics
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • University of Sheffield – SPM Group
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Pharmacy
  • Delft University of Technology – Department of Quantum Nanoscience
  • University of California Los Angeles – Gimzewski Lab