Asylum Research installs first Cypher AFM in China

August 11, 2011 — Asylum Research, scanning probe/atomic force microscopy (AFM/SPM) maker, installed the first Cypher AFM system in China at the South China Normal University in Guangzhou. Professor Xingsen Gao at the SCNU Institute for Advanced Materials will use the Cypher for piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and multiferroic research.

Asylum Research and Grapes Hangzhou Technology Co. Ltd, Asylum’s representative in China, installed the system.

The "true atomic resolution and sophisticated PFM imaging" were reasons for installing the Cypher, said Professor Gao, who plans to probe nanoscale properties on multifunctional materials with integration of other electrical characterization methods.

The system offers fast scanning, high resolution, and advanced PFM modes such as Dual AC Resonance Tracking (DART) and Band Excitation (BE). Cypher provides low-drift closed loop atomic resolution, >20x faster AC imaging with small cantilevers, Spot-On automated laser and photodetector alignment for easy set-up, integrated thermal, acoustic and vibration control, and broad support for AFM/SPM scanning modes and capabilities.  

Asylum Research manufactures atomic force and scanning probe microscopy (AFM/SPM) for materials and bioscience applications. Learn more at


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