The Inventors & Leading Experts of Background-Free Nanoscale Optical Imaging & Spectroscopy

“Trusted to deliver cutting-edge solutions for nanoscale optical imaging & spectroscopy for research laboratories in industry and academic institutions” is central to neaspecs’ philosophy.

The company was founded in 2007 by the world’s leading experts of near-field microscopy as a spin-off from the the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry near Munich.

Since 2014, neaspec GmbH belongs to Wittenstein SE Group from Igersheim-Harthausen, Germany.

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neaspec’s engineers developed the neaSNOM microscope, an ultra-stable & easy-to-use optical near-field microscope using a ground-breaking and patented optical background-filtering technique (PH-detection).

neaSNOM combines the best of two worlds – the nanoscale resolution of atomic force microscopy (AFM) with the analytical power of visible, infrared and even THz imaging & spectroscopy. At a spatial resolution of only 10nm the method only requires standard AFM sample preparation. This opens a new era for modern nano-analytical applications such as chemical nano-identification (IR), nano-plasmonic field mapping (VIS & IR) or free charge carrier nano-mapping (THz).

First product launch in 2009:

  • neaspec launches the 1st generation of the neaSNOM microscope based on the ground-breaking PH-detection core-technology
  • In parallel, a PH detection module optimized for single-line lasers is launched allowing visible, infrared and even THz imaging with single-line lasers at 20nm spatial resolution

Innovations in 2010:

  • The 2nd generation of the neaSNOM microscope is launched offering even better reliability & usability
  • The introduction of tunable single line IR-lasers based on QCLs allows imaging at different wavelength in the infrared fingerprint region at 20nm spatial resolution using the standard PH detection module
  • A new detection module optimized for broadband lasers is launched to allow Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) at 20nm spatial resolution. At this time, broadband IR-lasers are commercially not yet available, but experimental broadband IR-lasers proof that the technology works perfect and that it has a huge application potential across many disciplines
  • A transmissive illumination module for imaging is launched to analyse transparent samples in reflectivity-mode

Innovations in 2011:

  • The spatial resolution of the neaSNOM microscope is increased from 20nm to only 10nm to analyse even smaller structures with infrared spectroscopy
  • A new transmissive detection module for imaging is launched to analyse transparent samples in transmissive-mode
  • neaspec demonstrates that the spectroscopy detection module can be operated with a simple thermal light-source at 100nm spatial resolution. The first ultra-broad infrared spectra at the nanoscale are recorded for the first time and published in Nature Materials

Innovations in 2012:

  • neaspec researchers observe plasmons on Graphene in real-space with the help of the neaSNOM imaging technology for the first time. The scientific work is published in Nature and today is one of the most cited articles for Graphene
  • neaspec introduces nano-FTIR and demonstrates that the neaSNOM microscope and its spectroscopy detection module can be used with a custom developed prototype broadband IR-laser to perform IR-spectroscopy at 20nm spatial resolution

Innovations in 2013:

  • In collaboration with the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), neaspec demonstrates that the neaSNOM microscope can even be coupled to infrared synchrotron light-sources to perform nano-FTIR spectroscopy with nanoscale spatial resolution
  •  neaspec researchers show that nano-FTIR is able to analyse and map the structure of individual protein complexes. This shows the high application potential of nano-FTIR in life-sciences. The scientific work is published in Nature Communications
  •  neaspec wins two highly regarded awards for nano-FTIR: The Microscopy Today Innovation Award 2013 and the Step Award 2013 for best new product and technology

Innovations in 2014:

  • neaspec developed together with a commercial laser manufacturer a fully-automated broadband IR-laser and introduces nano-FTIR in a complete, ready-to-use package of near-field microscope and broadband IR-laser. This opens a new era in modern analytical chemistry for every nano-analytical lab
  • neaspec introduces the neaspec modular housing design, which offers combines great flexibility with plug-and-play usability. It allows to upgrade the neaSNOM microscope with imaging & spectroscopy modes along with several illumination units ranging from VIS, NIR, MIR and even THz
  • neaspec patents and introduces high-speed optical holography (HOH) imaging mode. This new near-field imaging mode is the fastest available on the market while simultaneously delivering one order of magnitude better S/N image quality – A new dimension in superfast high-quality imaging
  • Researchers design ultra-sharp AFM-tips using the focused ion beam (FIB) technology and show that the spatial resolution can be improved to only 3nm – a new world record
  • Researchers show that nano-FTIR can even be applied for ultrafast nano-spectroscopy to study processes with sub-cycle temporal resolution. The scientific work was published in nature photonics

Innovations in 2015:

    • neaspec develops and introduces Ultrafast nano-FTIR, the commercial version of ultrafast nano-spectroscopy. Ultrafast nano-FTIR is a ready-to-use upgrade for nano-FTIR to enable pump-probe nano-spectroscopy at best-in-class spatial resolution
    • neaspec develops together with a commercial laser manufacturer THz-neaSNOM, a ready-to-use setup that combines THz-TDS with the neaSNOM microscope
    • neaspec announces cryo-neaSNOM – the first system of it’s kind to enable near-field imaging & spectroscopy at cryogenic temperatures

neaspec is rapidly expanding globally and serves many researchers and scientists in high-regarded research labs on 4 continents. The unique expertise of our engineers guarantees not only the top performance of our microscope-systems, but also a professional service including on-site training and personalized customer support.

We will continue to deliver ground-breaking innovations for nanoscale optical imaging & spectroscopy to serve customer needs around the world.