Veeco Introduces AFM-Raman Systems for Physical and Life Sciences

July 07, 2010

Easy-to-Use, Seamless Integration of Advanced Complimentary Techniques

PLAINVIEW, N.Y., Jul 07, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), the leading provider of atomic force microscopy technology to the nanoscience community, announced today the release of the IRIS(TM) models for Innova(R) and BioScope(TM) Catalyst(TM) Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs) to provide superior integration and accessibility for combined atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy research. The new systems feature proprietary AFM performance and ease-of-use innovations that allow researchers to generate advanced AFM data simply and routinely, regardless of user skill level. The IRIS systems utilize scanning mechanisms and optical access that are tailored precisely to enable co-localized and high spatial resolution spectroscopy in life science or materials research.

"Researchers have relied on custom systems to combine AFM with spectroscopy, and there is a real need for commercial products that allow a greater percentage of spectroscopists to perform these complimentary techniques more easily and accurately," said Mark R. Munch, Ph.D, Executive Vice President, Veeco Metrology & Instrumentation. "Our extensive AFM expertise and close collaboration with the leading inverted microscope and Raman spectrometer manufacturers have allowed us to develop seamlessly integrated AFM-Raman systems that can be tailored to specific application requirements, allowing researchers to concentrate on the data rather than the nuances of the technologies."

" ScanAsyst(TM) Imaging Mode and other recent Veeco innovations have revolutionized bio-AFM by making it dramatically easier for researchers of all experience levels to perform specialized experiments," added David Rossi, Vice President and General Manager of Veeco's AFM Business. "With the Catalyst-IRIS and Innova-IRIS Systems, Veeco has taken the next step, leveraging technological advances to bring the full combined power of co-located AFM and Raman studies to targeted applications, including the characterization of photovoltaic devices, nanostructured materials, and biological samples. The ability to correlate the high quality data from Raman spectroscopy and the unique nanoscale mechanical properties provided by Veeco AFM will enable researchers to push into new frontiers of research."

About Catalyst-IRIS and Innova-IRIS

The Catalyst-IRIS (Integrated Raman Imaging System) and Innova-IRIS models leverage the unique capabilities of the Catalyst and Innova platforms, providing extensive integration of the combined AFM and Raman imaging system for efficient setup and operation of co-located measurements. The systems, which are compatible with leading inverted optical microscopes and Raman systems, are TERS-ready, pushing the spatial resolution of chemical mapping into the nanoscale regime. The system integration is designed to preserve the capabilities of each component, thus providing richer nanoscale information.

About Veeco

Veeco Instruments Inc. designs, manufactures, markets and services enabling solutions for customers in the HB-LED, solar, data storage, semiconductor, scientific research and industrial markets. We have leading technology positions in our three businesses: LED & Solar Process Equipment, Data Storage Process Equipment, and Metrology Instruments. Veeco's product development, marketing, engineering and manufacturing facilities are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Arizona, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific.

To the extent that this news release discusses expectations or otherwise makes statements about the future, such statements are forward-looking and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include the risks discussed in the Business Description and Management's Discussion and Analysis sections of Veeco's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and in our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and press releases. Veeco does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

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