Breakthrough Nanoscale IR Spectroscopy Platform Combines AFM-IR and sSNOM

Anasys Instruments, the world leader in nanoscale IR spectroscopy, announces the nanoIR2-s™ nanoscale spectroscopy and imaging platform.

The nanoIR2-s™ brings together two powerful techniques, AFM-IR and s-SNOM (scattering scanning near field optical microscopy). The AFM-IR is a proprietary Anasys technique that measures nanoscale IR absorption by using the AFM probe tip as a detector of IR absorption.

Anasys Instruments’ AFM-IR technology is now routinely applied by industrial and academic researchers to study advanced polymers and life science specimens through direct IR absorption spectra at a spatial resolution unconstrained by optical diffraction limits of conventional infrared and Raman microscopy. Applications include polymer interface chemistry, subcellular imaging, protein secondary structure of single fibrils, and many more.

The s-SNOM is a well-established technique in the AFM field for sub-20nm optical imaging by studying the scattered light from a region of the sample under the AFM probe. The s-SNOM technique has recently been extended to the infrared and can provide complex optical property imaging of diverse materials, especially inorganics, 2D materials, micro/nanoelectronic devices, nano-antennas, and plasmonic structures.

We are very proud to introduce the nanoIR2-s to expand the range of measurements and materials that can be supported by our instruments. Our customers demand the ability to measure IR absorption spectra with high accuracy and correlatable to FTIR spectra, as provided by our AFM-IR technique. Additionally, they want to measure a broad range of materials, organics and inorganics, and to be able to choose the technique that works best for their material, without compromise.

Dr. Craig Prater - CTO, Anasys

With several patented features, our nanoIR2-s delivers research productivity by providing adaptive beam steering, dynamic power control, and suppression of unwanted background to get fast, repeatable results.

Our unique nano-thermal and nano-mechanical analysis capabilities, together with a robust AFM, make the nanoIR2s a multi-functional material property measurement platform. To view the details or download a brochure, visit

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We are the nanoscale analysis company. Our tools reveal hidden chemical and mechanical characteristics of materials through spectroscopy and thermal analysis at nanometer scales. With a researcher’s productivity always in mind, we deliver integrated hardware and software solutions that clear the path to your next discovery.

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