Color SEM image showing nickel, copper and zinc particles at 50 micron magnification, before and after Thermo Scientific color SEM application.

An EDS Analysis Revolution for Materials Characterization

EDS analysis (energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy) is a powerful technique for the study of elemental sample composition; however, in traditional implementations it is relatively slow and runs on a separate acquisition system. Thermo Scientific™ ColorSEM™ Technology solves these issues by turning greyscale SEM into a color technique with instantaneous elemental information. ColorSEM Technology is based on live quantification and builds on decades of our expertise in EDS analysis, guaranteeing reliable results.

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ColorSEM Technology is always on and enables any user to acquire elemental data – you’ll have more access to complete information than ever before.

Not convinced yet? Watch our videos below.

Elemental information in the blink of an eye

This video is taken on the Thermo Scientific Prisma™ E SEM equipped with a 30 mm2 EDS detector. We demonstrate the speed of ColorSEM Technology with composition automatically identified (AutoID) and easy selection of elements of interest.

Highlight contrast that would otherwise go unnoticed

ColorSEM Technology is always on – you no longer have to switch applications when you need elemental information; instead live results are shown in the SEM user interface. This video highlights several forms of elemental information (point and area).

Reliable results

Elemental information is useless when it is not reliable. This video shows how ColorSEM Technology is capable of dealing with X-ray peak overlap and deconvolution – making sure that your elemental information is correct and relevant, even in live color imaging.

Color SEM benefits

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ColorSEM Technology provides the most comprehensive micro-scale elemental composition possible. Immediate color results allow researchers to see the big picture, revealing defects or imperfections they might have otherwise missed.

Always On
Always-on, integrated color imaging and elemental analysis means researchers no longer need to move from SEM imaging to EDS analysis for each sample, thereby decreasing the time spent developing color images.

Increased Productivity
For quick screening of composition, ColorSEM Technology gives you access to elemental information 2-4 times faster than conventional techniques. 

Broader Userbase
With exceptional ease of use and immediate color results, ColorSEM Technology makes elemental information accessible to everyone. Multi-user labs can readily increase the number of scientists or engineers who can use their facilities.

Comparison of traditional EDS analysis and ColorSEM Technology.

What is EDS analysis?​

Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS or EDX) is a chemical microanalysis technique used in conjunction with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to detect the elemental composition of materials. It is crucial for microscale failure analysis, R&D and general materials characterization.

EDS is based on the detection of X-rays emitted from the sample during electron beam-sample interaction, enabling the characterization of features, or phases, as small as 1 µm or less. EDX can be used for qualitative (type of element) as well as quantitative (percent concentration of each element in the sample) analysis.

Modern EDS analysis employs a silicon drift detector (SDD) and dedicated hardware/software for auto-identification of signal peaks and for the calculation of atomic percentages for each element that is detected. These conventional techniques can, however, be cumbersome and especially intimidating for inexperienced users. ​

How Color SEM Technology makes the difference​

The new ColorSEM Technology offers hardware and software integrated EDS and always-on color imaging with an intuitive user interface, generating more comprehensive information and increasing productivity. ColorSEM Technology uses information from the SEM (SE or BSE) for feature-based image coloring in a much shorter time than traditional SEM with EDS. This allows anyone operating the SEM to tell materials apart, not only by their shape, but by their chemical composition as well. ColorSEM Technology provides direct access to crucial sample information and, as a consequence, more complete materials characterization.

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On-demand webinar

Do you often struggle with telling sample features apart when looking at greyscale SEM images? Do you find conventional EDS analysis cumbersome and intimidating? The new Thermo Scientific ColorSEM™ technology offers integrated EDS and always-on color images in a simplified user interface, allowing scientists and engineers to generate more complete information and increase productivity.​

Brandon-Van-Leer

Biography: Brandon van Leer

Product Marketing Engineer SEM / DualBeam, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Brandon Van Leer joined Thermo Fisher Scientific in late 2004 as a Senior Applications Engineer after his tenure at Hewlett Packard as a Materials Engineer in the Imaging and Printing Group. He then led the North American SEM, FIB and Small DualBeam applications team for a number of years. Currently, Brandon is acting as a business development and product marketing engineer for the Materials Science Business Unit. Brandon’s professional background has focused largely on materials characterization and development of electronic materials and polymers. He has over 15 years of experience with various analytical techniques and for over 9 years has concentrated on applications for SEM and FIB. Brandon’s current research interests are in nanoscale fabrication of 3D structures using FIB technology. Brandon received his BS in Physics (1988) and his MS in Electrical Engineering (2002) from Oregon State University. He is a member of MSA, MRS and IEEE.

Why should I attend?​

  • See how ColorSEM enables you to see the most complete sample information and detect defects or imperfections you might have missed before.​
  • Learn how always-on, integrated color imaging and elemental analysis helps decrease the time spent developing color images.
  • Discover how ColorSEM technology gives you access to elemental information 2-4 times quicker than conventional techniques. ​

Who should attend?​

  • Engineers interested in using SEM for failure analysis and root cause finding​
  • Scientists and researchers interested in micro-scale imaging and elemental composition​
  • Scientists and researchers using SEM for materials characterization

 

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ColorSEM Testimonial

Dennis and Marina Manuel comment on the time saving and productivity benefits that they experienced in their live demonstration of the Thermo Scientific Prisma with ColorSEM Technology.

Comparison of traditional EDS analysis and ColorSEM Technology.

What is EDS analysis?​

Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS or EDX) is a chemical microanalysis technique used in conjunction with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to detect the elemental composition of materials. It is crucial for microscale failure analysis, R&D and general materials characterization.

EDS is based on the detection of X-rays emitted from the sample during electron beam-sample interaction, enabling the characterization of features, or phases, as small as 1 µm or less. EDX can be used for qualitative (type of element) as well as quantitative (percent concentration of each element in the sample) analysis.

Modern EDS analysis employs a silicon drift detector (SDD) and dedicated hardware/software for auto-identification of signal peaks and for the calculation of atomic percentages for each element that is detected. These conventional techniques can, however, be cumbersome and especially intimidating for inexperienced users. ​

How Color SEM Technology makes the difference​

The new ColorSEM Technology offers hardware and software integrated EDS and always-on color imaging with an intuitive user interface, generating more comprehensive information and increasing productivity. ColorSEM Technology uses information from the SEM (SE or BSE) for feature-based image coloring in a much shorter time than traditional SEM with EDS. This allows anyone operating the SEM to tell materials apart, not only by their shape, but by their chemical composition as well. ColorSEM Technology provides direct access to crucial sample information and, as a consequence, more complete materials characterization.

Request Demo/Quote

On-demand webinar

Do you often struggle with telling sample features apart when looking at greyscale SEM images? Do you find conventional EDS analysis cumbersome and intimidating? The new Thermo Scientific ColorSEM™ technology offers integrated EDS and always-on color images in a simplified user interface, allowing scientists and engineers to generate more complete information and increase productivity.​

Brandon-Van-Leer

Biography: Brandon van Leer

Product Marketing Engineer SEM / DualBeam, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Brandon Van Leer joined Thermo Fisher Scientific in late 2004 as a Senior Applications Engineer after his tenure at Hewlett Packard as a Materials Engineer in the Imaging and Printing Group. He then led the North American SEM, FIB and Small DualBeam applications team for a number of years. Currently, Brandon is acting as a business development and product marketing engineer for the Materials Science Business Unit. Brandon’s professional background has focused largely on materials characterization and development of electronic materials and polymers. He has over 15 years of experience with various analytical techniques and for over 9 years has concentrated on applications for SEM and FIB. Brandon’s current research interests are in nanoscale fabrication of 3D structures using FIB technology. Brandon received his BS in Physics (1988) and his MS in Electrical Engineering (2002) from Oregon State University. He is a member of MSA, MRS and IEEE.

Why should I attend?​

  • See how ColorSEM enables you to see the most complete sample information and detect defects or imperfections you might have missed before.​
  • Learn how always-on, integrated color imaging and elemental analysis helps decrease the time spent developing color images.
  • Discover how ColorSEM technology gives you access to elemental information 2-4 times quicker than conventional techniques. ​

Who should attend?​

  • Engineers interested in using SEM for failure analysis and root cause finding​
  • Scientists and researchers interested in micro-scale imaging and elemental composition​
  • Scientists and researchers using SEM for materials characterization

 

Fill out the form below to for access to this valuable webinar

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ColorSEM Testimonial

Dennis and Marina Manuel comment on the time saving and productivity benefits that they experienced in their live demonstration of the Thermo Scientific Prisma with ColorSEM Technology.