Oxford Instruments acquires US-based Asylum Research

Asylum Research, a specialist in scanning probe/atomic force microscopy (SPM/AFM), has been acquired by Oxford Instruments, a provider of industry and research tools.

The acquisition is subject to customary conditions of the London Stock Exchange and is expected to be completed before the end of December 2012.

Asylum Research is based in Santa Barbara, California, and has subsidiaries in the UK, Germany and Taiwan. Its SPM technology is used to image and characterise the properties of surfaces and structures down to the atomic scale.