Phenom desktop scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) have come a long way since the first one was launched more than a decade ago. And moving forward, we’re pleased to announce that the Phenom-World blog will be incorporated into

Over the years, Phenom-World has strived to make electron microscopy accessible to everyone. And with the acquisition of Phenom-World by Thermo Fisher Scientific, we look forward to even greater R&D capability and the opportunity to serve our customers even better.

A big thank you to all of our readers who have followed the Phenom-World blog over the years. We appreciate the time you've spent reading about desktop SEM topics and hope the information has helped you advancing your knowledge and understanding of electron microscopy.

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SEM and TEM: what's the difference?

SEM and TEM: what's the difference?

In this blog we briefly describe the similarities and differences between the two main types of electron microscopes: Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).


SEM: Electron types

In this blog we will describe the different types of electrons that are produced in a SEM, how they are detected and the type of information that they can provide.

Principles of Scanning Electron Microscopy

In this blog, we will answer the questions "How does an electron lens work? And which kind of lenses exist? How are lenses combined to form an electron column?" and give a general insight into the working principle of an electron column.