Asylum Research debuts small-sample Cypher AFM

November 12, 2008: At the upcoming MRS conference in Boston, MA (Dec. 2-4), Asylum Research will unveil its new Cypher high-resolution atomic force microscope (AFM) that it says provides more capability, more control, and more modularity.

The Cypher AFM achieves closed loop atomic resolution using sensors in all three axes, combining the accuracy and control of closed loop with the power of atomic resolution for extremely accurate images and measurements. Additional capabilities include SpotOn automated laser alignment with a mouse-click, interchangeable light source modules that allow laser spot sizes down to 3μm for broad application and scan mode flexibility, and support for high-speed AC imaging with cantilevers smaller than 10μm. The system includes an integrated enclosure which provides acoustic and vibration isolation, as well as excellent thermal control for image and measurement stability.

“The new Cypher AFM is the result of years of engineering effort and sets the AFM/SPM bar to a new and much higher level,” stated Mario Viani PhD, Cypher product manager. “The entire system was designed from the ground up to provide superior capabilities and to generate the most accurate images and measurements possible. We believe the new Cypher system outclasses anything else on the market today and will help our customers generate new discoveries in the nano-scale materials and biological sciences.”

“The AFM/SPM community has been waiting a long time for a next generation system that goes beyond tweaks and add-ons to old technology,” added Asylum president Roger Proksch. “We believe that the Cypher AFM meets or exceeds our customers’ requirements for today and has the modularity and expandability to support their future needs as well.”


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