Cypher VRS Video-Rate AFM comes with blueDrive™ photothermal excitation.

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Delivering imaging speed up to 625 lines/second that is up to 10 frames per second, Cypher VRS Video-Rate AFM is suitable for researching dynamic nano-events in biochemical reactions, membrane studies and self-assembling applications. Equipped with motorized laser and detector alignment for making set up easy, product's imaging control is done through software interface.

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Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Announces the New Cypher VRS Video-Rate Atomic Force Microscope

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research announces the new Cypher VRS Video-Rate AFM, the first and only full-featured video-rate atomic force microscope (AFM). The Cypher VRS sets a new benchmark for speed, enabling high resolution imaging of dynamic events at up to 625 lines/second, corresponding to about 10 frames per second. For comparison, this is about 300x faster than typical AFMs and 10x faster than current “fast scanning” AFMs. The Cypher VRS is the only AFM to achieve these speeds while still offering the versatility and ease of use of a full-featured research AFM. It’s ideal for researching dynamic nano-events such as biochemical reactions, membrane studies, self-assembly, and boundless other applications in materials and life science.

“Academic researchers around the world have been working to develop video-rate AFMs for over a decade. We are very excited that Asylum Research can now offer video-rate capability on an AFM with greater flexibility and all the ease-of-use features and functionality that are the hallmarks of the Cypher AFM family,” said Roger Proksch, President of Asylum Research. “Since our beginning, Asylum has been committed to pushing the limits of AFM technology. Time and again we’ve challenged assumptions and set new standards of performance with advances like our low-noise position sensors, the incredible resolution of Cypher AFMs, new nanomechanical measurement techniques, and blueDrive photothermal excitation. It’s only natural that we’re now announcing the first and only full-featured video-rate AFM.”

The power of the Cypher VRS not only comes from imaging at video-rate speeds, but its modularity and versatility allows users to easily switch between video-rate scanning and conventional scan speeds for even more functionality. The Cypher VRS has unlimited capabilities when imaging at normal speeds and performs all the same modes as our Cypher ES AFM. By quickly swapping out the modular fast-Z stage, the Cypher VRS is also compatible with the complete range of Cypher ES environmental accessories. These enable experiments with heating, cooling, and gas or liquid perfusion.

Numerous ease-of-use features on the Cypher VRS make it by far the most user-friendly video-rate AFM. Samples are easily mounted with no extreme limits on size. Motorized laser and detector alignment make setup quick and easy. The robust scanner is fully sealed to prevent accidents in the lab. Asylum’s exclusive blueDrive™ photothermal excitation makes tapping mode simpler, more stable, and more quantitative. All imaging controls are accessed through a simple software interface, ideal for novices and users of all experience. The built-in movie maker generates spectacular publication-quality results. No other video-rate AFM can match the ease-of-use of the Cypher VRS.

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About Oxford Instruments Asylum Research

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research is the technology leader in atomic force microscopy for both materials and bioscience research. Asylum Research AFMs are widely used by both academic and industrial researchers for characterizing samples from diverse fields spanning material science, polymers, thin films, energy research, and biophysics. In addition to routine imaging of sample topography and roughness, Asylum Research AFMs also offer unmatched resolution and quantitative measurement capability for nanoelectrical, nanomechanical and electromechanical characterization. Recent advances have made these measurements far simpler and more automated for increased consistency and productivity. Its Cypher™ and MFP-3D™ AFM product lines span a wide range of performance and budgets. Asylum Research also offers its exclusive SurfRider™ AFM probes among a comprehensive selection of AFM probes, accessories, and consumables.

Sales, applications and service offices are located in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, France, India, China and Taiwan, with distributor offices in other global regions.

About Oxford Instruments plc

Oxford Instruments designs, supplies and supports high-technology tools and systems with a focus on research and industrial applications. Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success for over 50 years, and its strategy is to effect the successful commercialisation of these ideas by bringing them to market in a timely and customer-focused fashion.

The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University, Oxford Instruments objective is to be the leading provider of new generation tools and systems for the research and industrial sectors with a focus on nanotechnology. Its key market sectors include nano-fabrication and nano-materials. The company’s strategy is to expand the business into the life sciences arena, where nanotechnology and biotechnology intersect.

This involves the combination of core technologies in areas such as low temperature, high magnetic field and ultra high vacuum environments; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance; x-ray, electron, laser and optical based metrology; atomic force microscopy; optical imaging; advanced growth, deposition and etching.

Oxford Instruments aims to pursue responsible development and deeper understanding of our world through science and technology. Its products, expertise, and ideas address global issues such as energy, environment, security and health.

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