OXFORD, UK - APRIL 21ST 2005
Infinitesima Ltd., maker of the VideoAFM, the world's first video-rate atomic force microscope, announced today that it will be debuting the VideoAFMto a worldwide audience at the Nanotech 2005 trade and technology show, May 10th and 11th, in Anaheim, California.
The VideoAFMis the first atomic force microscope that is capable of delivering real-time images at video frame rates. With imaging rates up to 1000 times faster than conventional AFM's, the VideoAFMallows users to view and interact with molecular processes in real time. It can deliver full video at frame rates of 15 and 25 frames per second. The VideoAFMcan view areas of 3µm by 3µm, with the viewing area able to be scanned across a surface in real-time.
The VideoAFMworks in conjunction with existing AFM's without affecting their functionality. The VideoAFMalso allows large surface areas to be explored before selecting features of interest for a more detailed investigation.
Research in areas such as polymer processes and biotechnology will be transformed by the VideoAFMT. Researchers will be able to view processes not previously observed. This technology will help unlock new areas in nanotechnology process development, facilitating the advancement of new markets.
Dr. Andrew Humphris, Chief Technology Officer and founder of Infinitesima commented, "The VideoAFMis the result of years of research and was designed around the needs of scanning probe microscopists. Several advancements in scanning probe technology have allowed its existence. We have already seen researchers making use of the video capability, but have only scratched the surface with respect to the capabilities of the instrument. I expect the VideoAFMto enable exciting breakthroughs in nanotechnology."
Infinitesima is a spin-out from the University of Bristol, UK. The company is located in central Oxford at the Oxford Centre for Innovation. Infinitesima Ltd. and specialises in developing advanced products for Scanning Probe Microscopy, the key enabling tools for nanotechnology.
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