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Minus K Congratulating the winners of the Minus K Education Prize

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Celebrating its thirtieth year in business, Minus K Technology to date has awarded over $65,000 of superior performance patented Negative Stiffness low frequency vibration isolators through their US Education Prize.

This year Minus K congratulates the following 2022/2023 giveaway winners:

University of Wisconsin, River Falls – Department of Physics
The vibration isolator will be used with the Nanomagnetics ezAFM+ to examine student samples made with thermally evaporated thin films and photo lithography.

University of Arkansas – Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The vibration isolator will be used with home-made flexible scanned electrochemical probe microscopes for scanning electrochemical cell microscopy (SECCM), scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM).

University of California, Irvine – Beckman Laser Institute – Department of Biomedical Engineering
A vibration isolator to be used for the Spectrally Encoded Interferometric Microscopy (SEIM) system to achieve high-speed facial imaging instead of tomographic imaging.

University of California, Irvine – Beckman Laser Institute
Vibration isolators will be used for Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging, each high-resolution image takes approximately 2-4 minutes. The OCT images will be used to create the 3D reconstruction.

Stanford University – Music, Computer Research Center in the Department of Music and Acoustics
The vibration isolator will be used with a laser Doppler vibrometer coupled with a DIY Galvo mirror system to measure musical instruments to study their designs and use the measurements for synthesis algorithms.

We are so excited to restart our educational gift after halting it due to the pandemic.”, said Minus K President Steve Varma, “It is a great feeling to help all of these colleges with their research as we celebrate our seventh year of providing our vibration isolators to colleges and US university. We are always interested to see what applications and how isolators will be used.”


Minus K® Technology, Inc. was founded in 1993 to develop, manufacture, and market advanced vibration isolation products based on the company’s patented negative stiffness mechanism technology. Minus K products are used in a wide spectrum of applications including nanotechnology, biological and neurosciences, semiconductors, materials research, zero-g spacecraft simulation, and high-end audio. The company is an OEM supplier to leading manufacturers of scanning probe microscopes, microhardness testers, and other vibration sensitive instruments and equipment. Minus K’s customers include private companies and more than 300 top university and government laboratories in 52 countries.

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