Mar. 23, 2012
Carl Zeiss has launched Auriga laser which combines the specific advantages of the Auriga CrossBeam (FIB-SEM) workstation with the capabilities of a pulsed micro-focus laser for fast ablation of material.
moreFeb. 13, 2012
To obtain volumetric information on the chemical composition inside objects, a full-field micro X-ray fluorescence (microXRF) imaging technique has been implemented. Opposed to the traditional point-by-point methods using confocal imaging, this new method collects complete 2D XRF projections of 3D objects without any scanning. And in contrast with EDX surface mapping in an SEM, having complete information from the entire volume allows creating 3D XRF images non-destructively by tomographic reconstruction.
moreFeb. 07, 2012
Confocal Raman imaging opened the door for many applications in Raman spectroscopy and imaging that were previously unavailable for measurement with conventional (non-confocal) Raman methods. However, high confocality always results in high focus sensitivity and this can make measurements difficult with rough and/or inclined samples. Especially when performing scans on a larger scale (scan size larger than 1 mm), this often necessitated careful alignment and extensive sample preparation.
moreFeb. 06, 2012
Edax has introduced the TEAM Pegasus system, which combines Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) hardware with EDAX's TEAM software platform to create the next generation in synergistic materials characterization.
moreJan. 04, 2012
Ametek Inc. has acquired Technical Manufacturing Corporation (TMC) , a world leader in high-performance vibration isolation systems and optical test benches used to isolate highly sensitive instruments for the microelectronics, life sciences, photonics and ultra-precision manufacturing industries.
The privately held manufacturer, headquartered in Peabody, MA, has estimated annual sales of approximately $30 million.
moreDec. 12, 2011
A new advanced imaging scheme-with a resolution ten times better than that of its counterparts to date-can resolve objects as small as atoms. Previously, the maximum resolution of optical instruments, including cameras and microscopes, was fundamentally limited to a precision that corresponded to approximately half of the wavelength of incoming light.
moreSep. 19, 2011
Martensitic VM12 steel was recently developed for advanced coal-fired power stations. Its creep resistance is dependent on a stability of microstructure. Destabilization of microstructure is caused by recovery and softening processes of a tempered martensite and depends on changes of a dislocation substructure and morphology of secondary particles during creep. Quantitative TEM analyses of VM12 steel were undertaken to determine the microstructure parameters after creep at 625°C up to 30.000h.
moreAug. 19, 2011
EMAG 2011: The Electron Microscopy and Analysis Group's (EMAG) biennial conference has established a strong reputation as a key event in the calendars of the national and international microscopy communities, since its inaugural meeting in 1946 (then known as the Electron Microscopy Group). It has always sought to capture the latest in the development and applications of electron microscope techniques.
moreJul. 28, 2011
Quantaurus-Tau from Hamamatsu Photonics is a compact, easy-to use system for measuring the fluorescence lifetime of photoluminescent materials in thin film, powder, solid, or liquid form from sub-nanoseconds to the millisecond range, with single-photon-counting sensitivity.
moreMay. 31, 2011
Scientists from Finland and France have developed a new synchrotron X-ray technique that may revolutionise the chemical analysis of rare materials like meteoric rock samples or fossils. The results have been published on 29 May 2011 in Nature Materials as an advance online publication.