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Posted: July 21, 2009

Nanotechnology Researchers With Small Budget Now Have Acess to Ultimate AFM Performance

(Nanowerk News) Veeco Instruments Inc., a leading provider of atomic force microscopes (AFMs) to the nanoscience community, announced today the launch of its Dimension® Icon® P-Series of Atomic Force Microscope Systems. Now, nanoscale researchers with limited budgets will have access to the latest generation of the world’s most utilized and flexible AFM platform.
Veeco’s new Dimension Icon was released this past February, and has established itself as the highest performance, most versatile AFM available. With the introduction of the Icon-PT and Icon-PI AFMs, users can purchase a scalable system with the same innovative microscope head, revolutionary low drift, and low noise necessary to achieve artifact-free images in minutes instead of hours.
“Given today’s economic climate and the continued importance of nanoscale materials research in a wide variety of fields, Veeco is determined to offer entry into the top-tier of AFM technology, for academia and industry alike, regardless of size, funding, or prior AFM experience,” says David Rossi, Vice President and General Manager of Veeco’s AFM Business Unit. “The Icon P-Series accomplishes this goal by providing the world’s highest performance AFM at a moderate price that can be easily upgraded to the full feature set of the Dimension Icon.”
About the Icon Platform
The Dimension Icon is the first AFM specifically designed to address atomic force microscopy needs of both the research lab and industrial applications. It is built upon an ultra-low drift platform that utilizes a revolutionary XYZ closed-loop head with extremely low noise in closed-loop operation to drastically cut stabilization times. A new high-resolution camera and integrated feedback alignment tools deliver faster probe positioning and sample navigation, allowing users to more easily locate features of interest. Finally, the redesigned software offers an intuitive workflow and default experiment modes that distill advanced AFM processes into preconfigured settings. The new Icon P-Series models utilize these features to provide ultimate AFM performance on most of the standard AFM modes, with other modes available as options or later add-ons. The new configurations offer a combination of feature and hardware paths to ideally match the Icon AFM to particular application requirements.
About Veeco
Veeco Instruments Inc. manufactures enabling solutions for customers in the HB-LED, solar, data storage, semiconductor, scientific research and industrial markets. We have leading technology positions in our three businesses: LED & Solar Process Equipment, Data Storage Process Equipment, and Metrology Instruments. Veeco’s manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota and Massachusetts. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and APAC.
Source: Virage Logic (press release)
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