A.P.E. Research is now active in several specialized sectors:
The company has its own laboratory for instrumentation development and in
addition participates at several research projects of Italian research
institutes (University, INFM, CNR) in developing new scanning probe microscopes
and new techniques for probe microscopy. The result of this research activity is
that the company products are always the state of the art in the specific field.
The A.P.E. Research catalog contains a base versions of Scanning Tunneling
Microscopes (STM), Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM) and Near Field Optical
Microscopes (SNOM). All of these products can be customized to meet the needs of
Scientific instrumentation for surface physics
In this field of activity A.P.E. Research projects and develops custom analysis
Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) system suited to the specific research needs. The
company has also developed new replacement electronic devices to control old
surface analysis instruments like Ion guns, UV lamps and electron analyzers.
These modern-designed control electronics improve the performance of old
systems, avoiding the full replacement of the analysis instruments.
Development of new software areas for real-time microscopy
Implementation of image processing algorithm on visual system for real time
analysis. Application include: time evolution of morphological parameters,
intensity evolution of light sources, cells dynamics (vs time and space).
New biological analysis methods of investigation in biology based on use of probe microscopes
A.P.E. Research has an SPM Biology Lab in which researchers and technicians are
involved in the biological and biomedical research and applications (such as
alteration of red cells and other biological structures) performed using SPM
microscopy techniques. This research is performed in collaboration with
University and ICGEB.