The technology underpinning our products was developed in the early 80s by Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer for which they were awarded the 1986 Nobel prize. The tool they developed was called an Atomic force microscope or an AFM.
AFMs helped to revolutionise the field of nanotechnology. They are capable of constructing a 3d map of a sample surface with atomic resolution. Over the years the technology has developed into one which can map a whole host of physical properties with unparalleled resolution.
However although the speed of AFMs has increased over the last 30 years conventional commercial AFMs often take minutes or even longer to collect a single image of a small area of the sample. The speed of the AFM has limited its uptake in multiple industrial sectors.
Bristol Nano Dynamics has developed a high–speed AFM which is not just a ‘faster AFM’, it is the world’s fastest super resolution imaging technology. The Bristol Nano Dynamics high–speed AFM is capable of carrying out over a year’s worth of conventional AFM imaging in a matter of hours or a month’s worth in minutes.
The thousand times increase in speed allows never before possible measurements to be collected which could not be made using any other tool. Our High-speed AFM is capable of the real-time imaging of dynamic nano and micro structures in gaseous or liquid environments and the analysis of the distribution of nano-structures over centimetre sized areas.

Map macroscale areas with nanometre resolution

Automated scanning routines enable our instrument to map and measure mm2 areas at the click of a button.  Bespoke algorithms automate the data analysis and provide greater insight and understanding of the whole sample.

Find and characterise nanoscale features

The HS-AFM quickly locates even extremely rare or widely dispersed nanoscale features. Saving the user significant time and enabling them to rapidly identify the key measurements they require.

Observe nano and microscale processes in real-time

With image rates of up to 20 frames per second our HS-AFM can directly observe processes occurring on the sample surface with nanoscale resolution. Ideal for providing new insights into biological, chemical and physical such as corrosion, crystallisation or nucleation. processes

Manufacture custom nanostructures and patterns

The HS-AFM can create and modify nanostructures through a range of techniques, including local oxidation nanolithography, nanoscribing and local heating. Simultaneous high-speed imaging enables close monitoring of the fabrication process, minimising rework.