The Thermo Scientific Quattro ESEM combines all-around performance in imaging and analytics with a unique environmental mode (ESEM) that allows samples to be studied in their natural state. It is ideal for a wide variety of academic, industrial, and government labs that want the versatility and ease-of-use needed for multiple users of different experience levels and disciplines on a platform that also supports unique in situ experiments. The Quattro ESEM features a field emission gun (FEG), which ensures excellent resolution, while its three vacuum modes (high vacuum, low vacuum, and ESEM) provide the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of samples, of any SEM available, including those that are outgassing or otherwise not vacuum-compatible.

High-performance versatility

The Quattro ESEM is a highly versatile analytical platform, thanks to its chamber, which accommodates a range of accessories. Analytical capabilities include energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) with ports for 180-degree dual EDS attachment, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) coplanar with EDS, and wavelength dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (WDS).

The Quattro ESEM supports an optional high-vacuum heating stage, Thermo Scientific AutoScript 4 Software (a Python-based scripting tool), and a new RGB cathodoluminescence (CL) detector. The RGB CL detector produces color images, highlighting sample properties not visible with conventional electron or X-ray imaging techniques. The high vacuum heating stage allows for clean sample observations at high temperature. With AutoScript 4 Software, users can program imaging and stage movements for unattended data acquisition.

Quattro ESEM applications include:

Nanocharacterization

  • Metals and alloys, fractures, welds, polished sections, magnetic and superconducting materials
  • Ceramics, composites, plastics
  • Films/coatings
  • Geological sections, minerals
  • Soft materials: polymers, pharmaceuticals, filters, gels, tissues, plant material
  • Particles, porous materials, fibers

Characterization in situ

  • Crystallization/phase transformation
  • Oxidation, catalysis
  • Material growth
  • Hydration/dehydration/wetting/contact angle analysis
  • Tensile (with heating or cooling)

Dynamic in situ experiments

The Quattro ESEM's versatility makes it well-suited for a broad range of topics in materials science. It is equally adept at performing conventional high-resolution SEM imaging/analysis and dynamic in situ experiments. It allows researchers to study a wide range of samples in their natural state for the most accurate information about structure and composition.

Unique environmental mode

The Quattro ESEM's environmental SEM capability allows scientists to study materials in a range of conditions, such as wet/humid, hot, or reactive environments, as they develop new materials and products for a myriad of disciplines, including construction, automotive, packaging, coatings and energy. The Quattro ESEM features the unique ability to study the progress of chemical reactions, such as oxidation, corrosion, etching, crystal growth, and catalysis, significantly impacting science and the environment.

Key Features

Dynamic in situ experiments

In situ study of materials in their natural state: unique high resolution FEG-SEM with environmental mode (ESEM). In situ analysis at temperatures ranging from -165°C to 1400°C with a range of cryo, Peltier and heating stages.

Minimize sample preparation time

Low vacuum and ESEM capability enable charge-free imaging and analysis of nonconductive and/or hydrated specimens.

Sample observation

Observe all information from all samples with simultaneous SE and BSE imaging in every mode of operation.

Excellent analytical capabilities

Excellent analytical capabilities with a chamber that allows up to 3 simultaneous EDS detectors, EDS ports that are separated 180°, WDS, and coplanar EDS/EBSD. Excellent analysis of non-conductive samples: accurate EDS and EBSD are enabled in low vacuum with the Quattro ESEM's through-the-lens pumping.

Flexible and precise

Flexible and precise eucentric sample stage with a tilt range of 105° for sample observation from all perspectives.

Easy to use with innovative options

Easy to use, intuitive software with user guidance and undo function. Work faster with fewer mouse clicks. New innovative options, including a retractable RGB cathodoluminescence (CL) detector, a 1100°C high vacuum heating stage and AutoScript 4 Software, a Python-based scripting tool (API).


Specifications

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Resolution
  • High-vacuum imaging
    • 0.8 nm at 30 kV (STEM)
    • 1.0 nm at 30 kV (SE) in high vacuum
    • 1.3 nm at 30 kV (SE) in low vacuum and ESEM mode
    • 3.0 nm at 1 kV (SE)
Standard detectors
  • ETD, low-vacuum SED (LVD), gaseous SED for ESEM mode (GSED), IR camera
Optional detectors
  • Nav-Cam+, DBS, DBS-GAD, ESEM-GAD, ICD, STEM 3+, WetSTEM, RGB-CLD, EDS, EBSD, WDS, Raman, EBIC, etc.
ColorSEM Technology (optional)
  • Live quantitative SEM image coloring is available based on energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Point & ID, linescan, region, element maps and accurate Noran quantification are included.
Stage bias (beam deceleration, optional)
  • -4000 V to +50 V
Low vacuum mode
  • Up to 2600 Pa (H2O) or 4000 Pa (N2)
Stage
  • 5-axis motorized eucentric stage, 110 x 110 mm2 with a 105° tilt range. Maximum sample weight: 5 kg in un-tilted position.
Standard sample holder
  • Standard multi-sample SEM holder uniquely mounts directly onto the stage, hosts up to 18 standard stubs (⌀ 12 mm), does not require tools to mount a sample
Chamber
  • 340 mm inside width, 12 ports, three simultaneous EDS detectors possible, two at 180°, coplanar EDS/EBSD orthogonal to the tilt axis of the stage
In situ accessories (optional)
  • Software controlled -20° C to +60° C Peltier cold stage
  • Software controlled 1000° C low vacuum/ESEM heating stage
  • Software controlled 1100° C high vacuum heating stage
  • Software controlled 1400° C low vacuum/ESEM heating stage
  • Integrated gas injection: up to 2 units (other accessories may limit number of GIS available) for beam-induced deposition of the following materials:
    • Platinum
    • Tungsten
    • Carbon
  • Manipulators
  • Cryo-stage
  • Electrical probing / multi-probing stations
Software options
  • Maps for automatic large area acquisition using tiling and stitching; correlative work
  • AutoScript 4; a Python-based application programming interface
  • Pattern generation software
  • TopoMaps for image colorization, image analysis and 3D surface reconstruction
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CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) is a compound with an extraordinarily high dielectric constant. Sample courtesy of Mr Sylvain Marinel, CRISMAT laboratory, France.
CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) is a compound with an extraordinarily high dielectric constant. Sample courtesy of Mr Sylvain Marinel, CRISMAT laboratory, France.
The Quattro ESEM allows the study of samples at 100% humidity, such as these pollen grains, in ESEM mode.
The Quattro ESEM allows the study of samples at 100% humidity, such as these pollen grains, in ESEM mode.
Salt crystals dissolving and recrystallizing as water is either condensing or evaporating in ESEM mode.
Salt crystals dissolving and recrystallizing as water is either condensing or evaporating in ESEM mode.

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This on-demand webinar has been designed to help you decide which SEM best meets your unique needs. We present an overview of Thermo Fisher Scientific SEM technology for multi-user research labs and focus on how these wide-ranging solutions deliver performance, versatility, in situ dynamics and faster time to results. Watch this webinar if you are interested in:

  • How the needs for different microanalysis modalities are met (EDX, EBSD, WDS, CL, etc.).
  • How samples are characterized in their natural state without the need for sample preparation.
  • How new advanced automation allows researchers to save time and increase productivity.
CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) is a compound with an extraordinarily high dielectric constant. Sample courtesy of Mr Sylvain Marinel, CRISMAT laboratory, France.
CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) is a compound with an extraordinarily high dielectric constant. Sample courtesy of Mr Sylvain Marinel, CRISMAT laboratory, France.
The Quattro ESEM allows the study of samples at 100% humidity, such as these pollen grains, in ESEM mode.
The Quattro ESEM allows the study of samples at 100% humidity, such as these pollen grains, in ESEM mode.
Salt crystals dissolving and recrystallizing as water is either condensing or evaporating in ESEM mode.
Salt crystals dissolving and recrystallizing as water is either condensing or evaporating in ESEM mode.

Webinar: Scanning electron microscopy: selecting the right technology for your needs

This on-demand webinar has been designed to help you decide which SEM best meets your unique needs. We present an overview of Thermo Fisher Scientific SEM technology for multi-user research labs and focus on how these wide-ranging solutions deliver performance, versatility, in situ dynamics and faster time to results. Watch this webinar if you are interested in:

  • How the needs for different microanalysis modalities are met (EDX, EBSD, WDS, CL, etc.).
  • How samples are characterized in their natural state without the need for sample preparation.
  • How new advanced automation allows researchers to save time and increase productivity.

Applications

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Modern industry demands high throughput with superior quality, a balance that is maintained through robust process control. SEM and TEM tools with dedicated automation software provide rapid, multi-scale information for process monitoring and improvement.

 

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Quality Control
 

Quality control and assurance are essential in modern industry. We offer a range of EM and spectroscopy tools for multi-scale and multi-modal analysis of defects, allowing you to make reliable and informed decisions for process control and improvement.

 

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Fundamental Materials Research

Novel materials are investigated at increasingly smaller scales for maximum control of their physical and chemical properties. Electron microscopy provides researchers with key insight into a wide variety of material characteristics at the micro- to nano-scale.

 

Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy

Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) collects detailed elemental information along with electron microscopy images, providing critical compositional context for EM observations. With EDS, chemical composition can be determined from quick, holistic surface scans down to individual atoms.

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Imaging Hot Samples

Studying materials in real-world conditions often involves working at high temperatures. The behavior of materials as they recrystallize, melt, deform, or react in the presence of heat can be studied in situ with scanning electron microscopy or DualBeam tools.

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Environmental SEM (ESEM)

Environmental SEM allows materials to be imaged in their native state. This is ideally suited for academic and industrial researchers who need to test and analyze samples that are wet, dirty, reactive, outgassing or otherwise not vacuum compatible.

Learn more ›

In Situ experimentation

Direct, real-time observation of microstructural changes with electron microscopy is necessary to understand the underlying principles of dynamic processes such as recrystallization, grain growth, and phase transformation during heating, cooling, and wetting.

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Particle analysis

Particle analysis plays a vital role in nanomaterials research and quality control. The nanometer-scale resolution and superior imaging of electron microscopy can be combined with specialized software for rapid characterization of powders and particles.

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Cathodoluminescence

Cathodoluminescence (CL) describes the emission of light from a material when it is excited by an electron beam. This signal, captured by a specialized CL detector, carries information on the sample’s composition, crystal defects, or photonic properties.

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ColorSEM

Using live EDS (energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy) with live quantification, ColorSEM Technology transforms SEM imaging into a color technique. Any user can now acquire elemental data continuously for more complete information than ever before.

Learn more ›

Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy

Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) collects detailed elemental information along with electron microscopy images, providing critical compositional context for EM observations. With EDS, chemical composition can be determined from quick, holistic surface scans down to individual atoms.

Learn more ›

Imaging Hot Samples

Studying materials in real-world conditions often involves working at high temperatures. The behavior of materials as they recrystallize, melt, deform, or react in the presence of heat can be studied in situ with scanning electron microscopy or DualBeam tools.

Learn more ›

Environmental SEM (ESEM)

Environmental SEM allows materials to be imaged in their native state. This is ideally suited for academic and industrial researchers who need to test and analyze samples that are wet, dirty, reactive, outgassing or otherwise not vacuum compatible.

Learn more ›

In Situ experimentation

Direct, real-time observation of microstructural changes with electron microscopy is necessary to understand the underlying principles of dynamic processes such as recrystallization, grain growth, and phase transformation during heating, cooling, and wetting.

Learn more ›

Particle analysis

Particle analysis plays a vital role in nanomaterials research and quality control. The nanometer-scale resolution and superior imaging of electron microscopy can be combined with specialized software for rapid characterization of powders and particles.

Learn more ›

Cathodoluminescence

Cathodoluminescence (CL) describes the emission of light from a material when it is excited by an electron beam. This signal, captured by a specialized CL detector, carries information on the sample’s composition, crystal defects, or photonic properties.

Learn more ›

ColorSEM

Using live EDS (energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy) with live quantification, ColorSEM Technology transforms SEM imaging into a color technique. Any user can now acquire elemental data continuously for more complete information than ever before.

Learn more ›


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