Since the introduction of electron microscopes in the 1930s, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has developed into a critical tool within numerous different research fields, spanning everything from materials science, to forensics, to industrial manufacturing, and even to the life sciences.
As soon as microscopic information about the surface or near-surface region of a specimen is needed, SEM becomes a necessary tool. For that reason, the method finds applications in nearly every branch of science, technology and industry.
Desktop SEM instruments boast enhanced ease of use, democratizing SEM technology. Additionally, they have the added benefit of a reduced frame size. While traditional “floor model” SEM instrumentation can require a specialized room or facility, desktop instrumentation is far more robust. Some have even taken their desktop SEMs on the road, providing on-site electron microscopy analysis via mobile laboratories.
The interdisciplinary field of materials science focuses on the diverse properties of matter and their potential applications in science and engineering. For that, a thorough analysis of the material is crucial, giving engineers and materials scientists the information they need to create novel materials with desirable properties.
A scanning electron microscope can help you observe and analyze material surfaces and interfaces, either for quality assurance purposes during production or for the analysis of compounds after processing.
The Phenom Desktop SEM product line features versatile and reliable topographic and elemental analysis (via integrated energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) detectors) combined with an intuitive, easy-to-use software interface that allows even novices to quickly obtain their first high-quality results. This flexibility is ideal for materials science applications, where researchers of varied scientific backgrounds can all obtain vital analytical information.
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