Surface imaging analysis software enhances AFM

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 21 March 2008



(2008), "Surface imaging analysis software enhances AFM", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 55 No. 2.



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Surface imaging analysis software enhances AFM

Article Type: Methods From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 55, Issue 2.

Agilent Technologies has introduced Pico Image, a modular atomic force microscope (AFM) imaging and analysis software package designed for AFM users working in a wide range of research applications, including life sciences and material sciences. “Pico Image has now been integrated into the PicoView software platform for our complete line of AFMs, including the 5400 and 5500” said Jeff Jones, Operations Manager for Agilent's AFM facility in Chandler, Arizona. “Pico Image allows our customers to easily visualise and analyse the structures and properties of their samples.” Each Pico image analysis document consists of a set of frames containing surfaces, profiles extracted from surfaces, the results of applying filters and other operators, analytical studies, and 2D and 3D parameters that conform to international standards. Real- time 3D imaging provides excellent visualisation. Videos of flight paths over a surface can also be integrated into Pico Image presentations. The software's intuitive desktop publishing interface, comprehensive online help, and multi- language support enhance ease of use.

Pico Image contains three performance levels, offering feature sets that meet the needs of basic, advanced and expert users, respectively. Sophisticated functions include the ability to convert a surface into a series of profiles, compute the similarity of different surfaces, generate sub-surfaces and perform fractal analysis. Particle analysis and statistics options are also offered. Standalone and network licenses are available. Agilent offers high- precision, modular AFM solutions for research, industry and education. Exceptional worldwide support is provided by experienced application scientists and technical service personnel. Agilent's leading-edge R + D laboratories ensure the continued, timely introduction and optimization of innovative, easy-to- use AFM technologies.

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