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Posted: November 19, 2009
NT-MDT Technologies for Indian Partners
(Nanowerk News) Russian innovative developments in the field of high technologies have always attracted a great interest among political leaders in many countries. The proof is a long-term history of collaboration between India and Russia is being offering the challenge of mutually beneficial growth. NT-MDT Co actively keeps this time-tested tendency. We supply equipment and work with key Indian research organizations.
Probe NanoLaboratory NTEGRA Aura successfully installed in PSG College of Technology (India) was in the spotlight this time. Installation was provided by one of the service engineers from NT-MDT Service group during eleventh President of India (2002-2007) Abdul Kalam’s visit. Former President showed a keen interest in our equipment.
NT-MDT has been supplying state-of-the-art scanning probe technology for over 19 years, specializing in hybrid instrumentation such as NTEGRA Spectra, the industry’s first commercial, fully integrated AFM/Raman spectrometer [2006 R&D100 winner], NTEGRA Tomo, the industry’s first fully integrated AFM/Ultra microtome for nanotomography, and NTEGRA Maximus, NT-MDT’s next-generation high-throughput AFM. NT-MDT offers expert service and applications development through more than 50 representative offices and distributor centers around the globe, with two key branch offices in Holland and Ireland. In the past five years, our installed base has grown to over 2000 instruments, promoting growth of both lab and research programs world-wide.
NTEGRA Aura is a Scanning Probe Microscope for studies in the conditions of controlled environment and low vacuum. The Q-factor of the cantilever in vacuum increases, thus gaining the sensitivity, reliability and accuracy of “probe-sample” light forces measurements. At that, the change from atmosphere pressure to 10-2 Torr vacuum provides the tenfold gain of Q-factor. By further vacuum pumping, Q-factor reaches its plateau and changes insignificantly. Thus, NTEGRA Aura presents the optimal “price/quality” ratio: comparing to the high-vacuum devices it needs much less time – only one minute - to get the vacuum that is needed for the tenfold Q-factor increase. At the same time the system is compact and easy to operate and maintain. As the NTEGRA platform product, NTEGRA Aura has built-in closed loop control for all the axes, optical system with 1 µm resolution and ability to work with more than 40 different AFM methods. Due to the open architecture, the functionality of NTEGRA Aura can be widen essentially: specialized magnetic measurements with external magnetic field (horizontal, up to ±0.2T; vertical, up to ±0.02T), high-temperature experiments (heating up to 3000°C with temperature maintaining precision of 0.050°C), etc.