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SEM - Scanning Electron Microscopy

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The profound depth of field and detail in images obtained through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) will change the way you see your material.

While traditional light microscopy is limited to magnification of 1000x (under very specific conditions) before details become indiscernible, electron microscopy can reach magnifications of many times that. In general terms, a focused beam of electrons scans the surface of the sample, which in turn produces secondary and backscattered electrons.   The instrument’s detector(s) collect these emitted electrons and translate the signal into a high-resolution, multi-dimensional image of the sample’s surface.

These vivid images of the topography of your sample’s surface can stand alone as an important source of information (e.g., general size and morphology, texture, surface variations, density, etc.) or complement the data obtained through other physical characterization analyses (e.g., particle size, porosity, BET surface area, etc.) available at PTL.

Features of our SEM instrument, the JEOL NeoScope II JCM-6000 Benchtop SEM, include:

Magnifications of 10 – 60,000x for secondary electron images and 10 – 30,000x for backscattered electron images (sample dependent).

Dual frame imaging which allows for a comparison between two images.

A tilt/rotation motor drive specimen holder allowing for focused and optimized sample orientation thus highlighting features of interest.

Accommodation of sample sizes up to 70 mm in diameter and 50 mm in height.

SEM benefits many industries, including:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Environmental
  • Industrial
  • Abrasives
  • Biotechnology & biomedical devices
  • Beauty & cosmetics

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Click the button to the right to learn how to submit sample material for particle size and characterization analyses. If you have more questions along the way, please contact us.