Posted: November 3, 2008

Asylum Research Announces the Industry's First Completely New Small Sample AFM/SPM in Over a Decade

(Nanowerk News) Asylum Research, a technology leader in Atomic Force/Scanning Probe Microscopy (AFM/SPM), announced today that it is introducing the Cypher AFM, the industry’s first completely new small sample AFM/SPM in over a decade.
Cypher is the world’s highest resolution AFM, providing more capability, more control, and more modularity with unprecedented ease of use. 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 the most accurate images and measurements possible today. 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 Cypher AFM will be introduced at MRS in Boston, December 2-4, and at other events worldwide.
Cypher AFM from Asylum Research
“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. 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,” stated Mario Viani PhD, Cypher Product Manager.
Added Asylum President, Roger Proksch, “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. We’ve listened carefully to our customers and believe that the Cypher AFM meets or exceeds their requirements for today and has the modularity and expandability to support their future needs as well. Asylum’s legendary support and applications team will continue to listen so that we can maintain our technology leadership into the future.”
About Asylum Research
Asylum Research is a technology leader for atomic force and scanning probe microscopy (AFM/SPM) for both materials and bioscience applications. Asylum’s product line offers advanced imaging and measurement capabilities for a wide range of samples, including Dual AC™ mode, iDrive, Q-control, electrical characterization (CAFM, KFM, EFM), high voltage piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), magnetic force microscopy (MFM) with our unique variable field module,  nanoindenting for true quantitative measurements, and a wide range of environmental accessories and application-ready modules. The MFP-3D is the first AFM with true independent piezo positioning in all three axes, combined with low noise closed-loop feedback sensor technology. The MFP-3D offers both top and bottom sample viewing for easy integration with most commercially-available inverted optical microscopes. Asylum’s new Cypher AFM is the world’s first completely new small sample AFM/SPM in over a decade, and sets the new standard as the world’s highest resolution AFM. Cypher provides low-drift closed loop atomic resolution for the most accurate images and measurements possible today, rapid AC imaging with small cantilevers, Spot-On™ automated laser alignment for easy setup, integrated thermal, acoustic and vibration control, and broad support for all major AFM/SPM scanning modes and capabilities. Ask us about our legendary product and applications support and our exclusive 6-month money-back satisfaction guarantee.
Source: Asylum Research (press release)
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