Over the years, scanning electron microscopy has become a powerful tool in many different research fields. The main reason for this growth in popularity is the continuous shrinking of the dimension of materials used in various applications.

The Phenom Desktop Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) have been created to make the detailed imaging capabilities of electron microscopy available to everyone. Desktop SEM instruments boast enhanced ease of use, democratizing SEM technology.

Want to unlock the great power of scanning electron microscopy without having to compromise on usability? Enhance your knowledge on Scanning Electron Microscopy and find out how Desktop SEM can optimally support your research in our Phenom Desktop SEM blogs.

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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.

Best practices for failure analysis with SEM

The aim of this blog is to demonstrate the best practices for SEM Failure Analysis since Scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) are powerful tools for many failure analysis applications because they reveal micro- and nanometer-scale structural details.

Cleanliness Testing Using Scanning Electron Microscopes

In this blog post, we examine how Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) can determine the nature of contaminant particles, allowing users to comply with the ISO 16232 and VDA 19 industry standards with ease.

SEM Failure Analysis and Quality Control

In this blog post, we examine a selection of SEM failure analysis and quality control systems, investigating the best SEMs for these applications. We explain how you can meet today’s demands for fast and accurate quality control and SEM failure analysis, without compromising on the quality of your measurements and the depth of the resulting information.

Quality Control with Scanning Electron Microscopy

In this post, we reveal how you can improve your in-house quality control with SEM. We explain how a scanning electron microscope gives you the ability to carry out speedy analysis, verification, and chemical classification of materials, while providing fast, accurate, and trusted data. Let’s look into the benefits that a SEM can bring to your in-house quality control now.

Types of Scanning Electron Microscopes

For lab managers, choosing the right SEM for your facility can seem confusing. There are a lot of different factors to take into account and, in this blog post, we examine one of the most fundamental decision points: should you opt for a Floor Model SEM or a Desktop SEM?

Scanning electron microscope manufacturers

When comparing scanning electron microscope manufacturers, it’s important to assess each one on the quality of their machines, areas of expertise and the level of support they can provide. In this blog post we'll see which one is the best for your lab.