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Nanotechnology, a relatively recent development, is already a rapidly expanding applied science. Breakthroughs in the late 20th century, particularly in the field of surface imaging at the atomic level, have enabled scientists and engineers to make significant technological advances in a diverse range of industrial sectors. This includes, communications, food science, medicine, microelectronics, environmental science, biology, transportation, energy, aerospace, and much more.

The key advantage of nanotechnology is that it makes it possible to adapt the structures of materials, at an exceedingly small scale, to deliver specific properties that extend the materials capabilities. For example, materials can be made stronger and lighter. Surface treatments can be used to reduce friction or to help make objects more durable.  Materials can be developed that deliver better electrical conduction or have altered magnetic properties. Nanotechnology has allowed the development of smaller and smaller transistors, reducing electronic component sizes while increasing their capacity. The technology offers the opportunity to enhance a materials performance and usability and, as such, has already found its application in an ever expanding array of commercial products.

Spectrum digitizers and AWG's can play a key role in nanotechnology research and development. Their ability to acquire or generate precision electronic signals allows them to be utilized in a wide variety of ways. For example, Spectrum digitizers offer the high bandwidths (up to 1.5 GHz) and fast sampling rates (up to 5 GS/s) that are needed to acquire and analyze electronic signals from DC to the GHz range. Their versatile signal conditioning and high resolution analog-to-digital conversion capabilities (up to 16 bits) also allows them to detect and measure extremely small, low level signals. Similarly, for situations were precise, stable, high dynamic range signal generation is required Spectrum  AWG's can be deployed to deliver exceptionally versatile performance.

Spectrum Product Features

  • 8, 14 and 16 Bit Resolution
  • Digitizers with sampling rates up to 5 GS/s and Bandwidth over 1.5 GHz
  • AWGs with output rates up to 1.25 GS/s
  • Optional amplifiers for low level signal monitoring
  • Versatile waveform generation with fast sequential replay modes

Matching Product Families

  • M4i.44xx: 16 Bit 250 MS/s to 14 Bit 500 MS/s Digitizer
  • M4i.22xx: 8 Bit 1.25 GS/s to 5 GS/s Digitizer
  • M2p.59xx: 16 bit 20 MS/s to 125 MS/s Digitizer
  • M4i.66xx: 16 bit 625 MS/s to 1.25 GS/s AWG

Useful Links

  • At the QuTech and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands they are using an M4i.44xx series digitizer to test a programmable two-qubit quantum processor in silicon. Find out how by clicking here
  • See how Spectrum M2i.6021-exp AWG's are used in Electron-Beam Induced Deposition (EBID) at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, by clicking here
  • Find out how the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, is using a high-speed Spectrum Digitizer M4i.2234-x8 to acqure and analyze time-resolved measurements of surface spin-wave pulses at millikelvin temperatures by clicking here
  • Learn how Japan's Meiji University is using a high-resolution Spectrum digitizer M2i.4031 for the evaluation of magnetic nanoparticle samples in cancer research with time correlation magnetic particle imaging (MPI) by clicking here
  • Click here to find out how the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK, are using a Spectrum M4i.4420-x8 high-resolution digitizer, plasmonic gold nanorods and high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to improve non-invasive techniques for the treatment of cancerous tissue