Researchers smile as proteusq microscope is delivered to Thales

Qnami ProteusQ Delivered to Lab of Nobel Laureate Albert Fert!

Delivering a Qnami ProteusQ to a customer is always a special moment.  When that customer is the lab of a Nobel Laureate in Physics, it makes it extra-special! 

Last week, we delivered and installed a Qnami ProteusQ Scanning NV Microscope in the CNRS-Thales lab of Albert Fert.  Professor Fert was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2007 for his discovery of the giant magnetoresistance effect. This work gave birth to a new field of research known as spintronics, which enabled breakthroughs in gigabyte hard disks, eventually transforming modern computing.

Now the group at the CNRS-Thales facility in Palaiseau, France will be able to use their Qnami ProteusQ to investigate materials, ranging from multiferroics, synthetic antiferromagnet to topological Skyrmion magnets, to name a few examples, and technologies underpinning future generations of spintronics devices. Staff members Vincent Garcia, Stephane Fusil and Karim Bouzehouane , all recognized experts in material science and scanning probe microscopy, were looking forward to using the ProteusQ in their ongoing research. “As experts in nanomagnetism and Magnetic Force Microscopy, we are in position to appreciate the contribution of this revolutionary tool to the imaging of both static and dynamic nanomagnetic configurations showing ultra-low stray fields. ProteusQ is definitely a game changer in the field,” mentioned Karim. This microscope was financed as part of the SESAME project “IMAGeSPIN” of the French region Ile-de-France.

Upon returning to the office, Qnami’s Application Scientist, Hai Zhong, was glowing.  “It was quite a thrill installing this system.  There is something special about this lab and the team who has pioneered research in magnetic materials,” said Hai.

Qnami ProteusQ Scanning NV Microscopy system
Scanning NV microscope from Qnami

Qnami ProteusQ is a complete quantum microscope system. It is the first scanning NV (nitrogen-vacancy) microscope for the analysis of magnetic materials at the atomic scale. The Qnami ProteusQ system comes with state-of-the-art electronics and software. Its flexible design allows for future adjustments and scaling, expansion and capability upgrades. The proprietary Qnami ProteusQ quantum technology provides high precision images for you to see directly the most subtle properties of your samples and the effect of microscopic changes in your design or fabrication process. 

Are you interested in the Qnami ProteusQ  microscope  or  QuantileverMX  tips for your own lab?  Do you have questions about applications for your own research?  Contact our Technical Sales Manager, Joerg Lenz (  Or reach out to your local branch of our  exclusive  global distributor Horiba Scientific

About Qnami: Qnami is a VC-backed high-tech company with its roots at the Physics Department of the University of Basel in Switzerland. It develops fundamental new technology using quantum mechanics. The control of the state of a single electron enables measurement with a precision that could never be achieved before. The technique is called quantum sensing and Qnami is enthusiastically developing it to improve people’s lives and the world. Extensive academic research and deep knowledge build the ground for all that Qnami does. With this technology, Qnami is redefining the common understanding of precision. Qnami offers an open team culture of mutual respect and intercultural understanding which is both business and scientific minded. Qnami attracts young, multicultural,  open  and skilled team members, who have a deep passion for the work. 

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