Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Announces AFM Image Contest Winners

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research is pleased to announce the winners of its AFM Image Contest. Congratulations to the Grand Prize winners Jessica Bickel and Kathy Aidala of Mount Holyoke College for their image submission of magnetic force microscopy of cobalt nanoribbons.

All winning images can be viewed at:


“It was very difficult picking a winner,” said Roger Proksch, President of Asylum Research. “We were overwhelmed with outstanding submissions. The winning contributions demonstrated great science, exceptional AFM technique, and that special “wow factor.” We are very proud of the ground-breaking research that continually comes from Asylum customers and would like to congratulate all the winners.”


Luke Rochford, University of Warwick; Ahmad Eshghinejad and Jiangyu Li, University of Washington; Feng Bi and Giriraj Jnawali, Levy Group, University of Pittsburgh; Andrew Stack, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Jacquelyn Bracco, Wright State University.


Tamás Bozó, Semmelweis University, Hungary; Rhiannon Creasey, Yoshitaka Shingaya, and Tomonobu Nakayama, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan; Amin Vakhshouri, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan; Fengyuan Zhang, South China Normal University; Wojciech Chrznanowski and Sally Kim, University of Sydney, Australia;  Dayong Chen, University of Massachusetts-Amherst;  Vijay Raghunathan, Paul Russell, Christopher Murphy, University of California Davis;  Itamar Balla, Soo Kim and Professor Mark Hersam, Northwestern University;  Suhas Somnath, Hoe Joon Kim, Huan Hu, William P. King, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Grand Prize Winning Image:  Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM) phase data overlaid on topography of cobalt nanoribbons composed of half-circles with 800 nm radius connected by straight sections of length 800 nm (top) and 1600 nm (bottom).

The sample is in the "onion" state with head-to-head (blue) and tail-to-tail (red) domain walls that have been created by the application and removal of a uniaxial in-plane magnetic field using the Variable Field Module (VFM) on a MFP-3D AFM. Scan size 10 µm x 20 µm. Image courtesy of Jessica Bickel and Kathy Aidala, Mount Holyoke College.

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 used for a wide variety of nanoscience applications in material science, physics, polymers, chemistry, tribology, biomaterials, and bioscience, including emerging applications in energy storage and generation, low-dimensional materials,
and biophysics.

Asylum’s MFP-3D family of AFMs includes four different models that span a wide range of performance, applications, and budgets. The new MFP-3D Infinity is the flagship of the family, offering the highest performance, simplest operation, and widest range of capabilities. The MFP-3D Classic, the original MFP-3D offered for mid-range budgets, provides high performance and versatility that exceeds most AFMs.

The MFP-3D Origin is the most affordable model, offering the same performance as the MFP-3D Classic with many accessories and an easy upgrade path to advanced capabilities. Finally, the MFP-3D-BIO integrates with an inverted light microscope to support biological and photonic applications.

Cypher is the highest resolution fast scanning AFM and is available in two configurations, the Cypher S and the Cypher ES Environmental AFM. They provide low-drift closed loop imaging for the most accurate images and measurements possible today, >20X faster imaging with small cantilevers, exceptional ease of use, and integrated thermal, acoustic and vibration control – all in a small footprint. Cypher AFMs routinely achieve higher resolution than other AFMs, as demonstrated by single point atomic defects in crystal lattices and imaging of the DNA double helix.

The Cypher ES adds gas and liquid environmental control, temperature control, and enhanced chemical compatibility to the extraordinary performance of the Cypher S.

In addition to the best AFMs, Asylum Research also offers unmatched customer support that is free for the lifetime of the AFM and industry-leading warranties for the lowest cost of ownership of any AFM. Asylum has sales, applications and service staff in offices in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, France, China and Taiwan and global distribution.

For further information please contact

Terry Mehr, Manager, Marketing Communications , 805-696-6466, [email protected]


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