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This attoNEWS edition comes with a bunch of new product features and innovations. As you can see, we strongly stick to our mission to develop easy-to-use, highly functional solutions, facilitating your day-to-day work & delivering spectacular results.

Sensor Heads overview

New: the world's smallest interferometric sensor heads

With a diameter of only 1.2 mm, the ultra-compact ‘xxs’ heads for attocube's interferometric sensor set a new benchmark for miniaturization in displacement sensing. They enable contactless high-precision measurements in applications with previously inaccessibly small space. The fiber-based design allows for flexible alignment, thus making also multi-axis measurements an easy task.

get an overview of attocube's sensor head portfolio


Intuitive 3D-control for your positioning application

For particularly sensitive or complex nanopositioning tasks it is still a very crucial factor to control single positioning devices manually. With the 3D mouse 'SpaceNavigator' attocube now provides a user friendly, most intuitive solution: Via the newly programmed software interface, the SpaceNavigator allows for convenient remote control of attocubes' piezo drives. Each degree of freedom can be assigned to one specific nano drive:  a push, pull, twist or tilt of the SpaceNavigator is translated into the corresponding movement of the positioner.

get more info on available piezo controllers & the SpaceNavigator here

Physics' Best attocube

Article in Physics' Best: 'Nanoscale Imaging Gone Dry'

Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) at cryogenic temperatures and in high magnetic fields allows studying many quantum phenomena at the nanoscale. Also, due to the ongoing helium crisis, closed-cycle cryostats are becoming more and more popular. However, almost all available dry coolers suffer from severe vibrations, which prohibits sensitive measurement techniques. In the current edition of Physics' Best, we present state-of-the-art SPM measurements performed in a new type of dry magnet system with extremely low vibrations.

get the Physics' Best publication here

UK scientists discover strongest biological material

Did you know that limpets' teeth are the world's strongest known biological material? The group of Prof. Asa Barber in the UK explored this using an attoAFM (inside a SEM): their observations highlight an absolute material tensile strength that is the highest recorded for a biological material. This considerable tensile strength of limpet teeth is attributed to a high mineral volume fraction of reinforcing goethite nanofibres with diameters below a defect controlled critical size, suggesting that natural design in limpet teeth is optimized towards theoretical strength limits.

read the whole BBC article here

attocube publications

Latest publications using attocubes' products:
Low B Field Magneto-Phonon Resonances in Single-Layer and Bilayer Graphene
C. Neumann et al.; Nano Lett. (2015) 15 1547
On-chip detection of non-classical light by scalable integration of single-photon detectors
F. Najafi et al.; Nature Communications (2015) 6 5873
High-frequency and high-field optically detected magnetic resonance of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond
V. Stepanov et al.; Appl. Phys. Lett. (2015) 6 063111

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APS Users Meeting, May 11-13

CLEO, May 12-14

Sensor+Test, May 19-21
WONTON 2015, June 1-4
eupsen 2015, June 1-5