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Quantitative Hardness Characterization at the Nanoscale

Nanoindentation, or depth-sensing indentation, is a powerful technique for quantitative hardness measurements at the nanoscale and microscale. During traditional indentation hardness tests the size of a residual plastic impression in the test specimen's surface is physically measured as a function of the indenter load. The necessity of measuring the size of the residual indent impression during traditional indentation hardness testing places a lower limit on the scale of testing that can be reliably performed. During a nanoindentation measurement, the displacement into the surface of a geometrically well-characterized indenter probe is continuously measured as a function of applied force. The known geometry of the indenter probe combined with a high-accuracy measurement of probe displacement allows the size of the contact to be determined without the need for imaging the residual indent impression. Nanoindentation is a rapid means of reliably obtaining quantitative hardness values from the nanoscale into the microscale.

Bruker is the industry-leader in providing quantitative hardness measurements at the nanoscale and microscale. Unique, high-accuracy transducer technologies controlled by state-of-the-art electronics and nanometer precision test placement accuracy allow Hysitron instruments to perform high-throughput, quantitative hardness measurements on the broadest range of materials — from ultra-thin films to bulk materials with complex microstructures.

Standalone Equipment for Hardness Characterization

Hysitron TI 980 TriboIndenter | Bruker

TI 980 TriboIndenter

Bruker's most advanced nanomechanical and nanotribological test instrument, operating at the intersection of maximum performance, flexibility, reliability, sensitivity and speed.

Hysitron TI 950 TriboIndenter | Bruker

TI 950 TriboIndenter

Versatile nanomechanical and nanotribological test instrument, supporting a broad range of hybrid and correlative characterization techniques.

Hysitron TI Premier | Bruker

TI Premier

Dedicated nanomechanical test instruments, providing an essential toolkit for nanoscale mechanical characterization within a compact platform.

Microscope Instruments for Hardness Characterization

Hysitron PI 85L SEM PicoIndenter | Bruker

PI 85L SEM PicoIndenter

Depth-sensing nanomechanical test instrument that can be interfaced with scanning electron microscopes (SEM).

Hysitron PI 88 SEM PicoIndenter | Bruker

PI 88 SEM PicoIndenter

Bruker’s comprehensive nanomechanical test instrument for SEM and FIB/SEM, featuring our full suite of techniques.


Hysitron PI 95 TEM PicoIndenter | Bruker

PI 95 TEM PicoIndenter

The first full-fledged depth-sensing indenter capable of direct-observation nanomechanical testing inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM).


Hysitron TS 75 TriboScope | Bruker

TS 75 TriboScope

Quantitative, rigid-probe nanoindentation and nanotribological characterization on your existing AFM.