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High Speed AFM

High-speed atomic force microscopy allows direct visualization of dynamic structural changes and dynamic processes of functioning biological molecules in physiological solutions. Dynamic molecular events appear in detail in an AFM movie, facilitating our understanding of how biological molecules operate to function.


A high speed atomic force microscopy is a powerful tool for investigating cellular morphologies and events. The slow data acquisition rates of the conventional AFM limit the visualization of structural changes during cellular events. Nano Pacific offers high-speed AFM unit equipped with an optical detection device and a powerful control system.

The implementation of high-speed AFM coupled with an optical microscope accomplished by a nano-scanning system, enables the acquisition of high-speed AFM images of morphological changes in individual cells. Using this instrument, we conducted structural studies. The improved time resolution allowed us to image dynamic cellular events.