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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

New Asylum Research Accessory Enables
Advanced Magnetics Research Under Both
In-Plane and Out-of-Plane Applied Magnetic
Fields

Penn State's Nanofabrication Lab Orders
Advanced Configuration Temescal Electron
Beam Metallization System from Ferrotec
Ferrotec Corporation, a manufacturer of electron beam evaporative coating systems, announced that the Nanofabrication Lab
within Penn State's Materials Research Institute has ordered
a special, advanced-configuration electron beam evaporation
system which utilizes a non-contact magnetic drive.
With enhanced substrate processing technologies packed
into a compact, R&D-class system, the lab will have access to
unmatched levels of precision uniformity, said Ferrotec. The
Temescal FC-2000 will incorporate the company's patented noncontact, magnetic drive HULA substrate carrier system. While
it represents a cornerstone feature of the premium Temescal
Auratus line of coaters, fitting the HULA into a compact system
presented challenges due to the size and planetary motion path
of the carrier, but the precision uniformity it enables is expected
to deliver significant benefits for select research on wafers up to
150mm diameter.

Magnetic skyrmions in Co-based thin film pads imaged with MFM under out-of-plane magnetic fields. Image courtesy of K. Bouzehouane,
Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS, Thales, Univ. Paris-Sud, Université
Paris-Saclay France.
Asylum Research announced their new MFP-3D Variable Field
Module (VFM4) accessory for Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs)
which enable measurements under applied in-plane and out-ofplane magnetic fields in order to better understand their effects
on nanoscale magnetic domain structure. The VFM4 is capable
of applying either an adjustable in-plane (±8000 G ) or out-ofplane (±1200 G) magnetic field to a sample and offers approximately 1 G field resolution.
"This new combination of capabilities has allowed one customer
at a national synchrotron facility to use AFM for research that
was previously only possible with very costly and time-consuming scanning x-ray transmission microscopy (SXTM)," said Dr.
Maarten Rutgers, director of new product introduction.

"We were really excited by the uniformity results we'd seen in the
Temescal Auratus systems but as a research facility we couldn't
justify one of these production-capacity systems," said Chad
Eichfeld, director of operations at the lab. "Working closely with
the Temescal team, they took our technical requirements and
were able to implement a HULA carrier system in a R&D-class
system that was perfect for our needs."

"No other AFM commercial solution offers the same capabilities,
versatility, and ease of use for magnetics research. While the
VFM has traditionally been used for magnetic force microscopy
experiments, it can also be used with techniques like conductive
AFM (CAFM) and on a wide range of diverse samples including
piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials."

"At Ferrotec, we are dedicated to advancing capability and
progress in critical issues involved in e-beam evaporation." said
Gregg Wallace, managing director of Temescal Systems at Ferrotec. "We are pleased to have worked with Penn State to bring
this level of functionality to the research market and we look
forward to partnering with Penn State and its MRI team to further
their industrial engagements."

The VFM4 attaches to many Asylum Research models and
includes replaceable pole tips to quickly adapt between in-plane
and out-of-plane configurations. It maintains a steady magnetic
field with rare-earth magnets that produce no heat, thermal drift,
or mechanical vibration. For experiments where both an applied
magnetic field and a high tip-sample voltage bias are required,
there is an optional high-voltage kit to adapt the VFM4 for safe
application of voltages up to ±220 Volts.

The institute and lab are based in University Park, Pennsylvania
in an industry-friendly facility that provides open access to its
facilities for fabrication at the nano- and micro-scale in conjunction with materials and device characterization utilizing advanced
techniques and computational modeling capabilities backed by
faculty and staff experts.

Asylum Research is an Oxford Instruments company specializing
in making atomic force microscopes for academic research and
industrial R&D.
For more information, visit: https://afm.oxinst.com/

For more information, visit: https://www.mri.psu.edu/Temescal.

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