Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation has announced the release of the new tabletop atmospheric scanning electron microscope (ASEM), AeroSurf 1500, in the U.S.A. The AeroSurf 1500 accommodates the observation of high-moisture specimens, such as soft materials and biological specimens, in their natural state.
With a conventional SEM, specimens with high-moisture content need to be dehydrated and dried so that they will not deform while under vacuum. Such complicated preprocessing often causes alterations to specimens. A popular approach to observe high-moisture specimens is a cryogenic method; however, cryogenic systems can be costly and not readily accessible.
Hitachi High-Tech, a leading provider of electron microscopes, responded to the diversity of our customers’ requirements and developed the AeroSurf 1500.
The AeroSurf 1500 enables SEM observation of high-moisture specimens at an atmospheric pressure, not under vacuum. The specimen chamber and the SEM column are separated by a membrane which isolates the high-vacuum column from the atmospheric specimen chamber while allowing electron beam irradiation of the specimen. This greatly reduces the need for time-consuming preprocessing of high-moisture specimens. The use of this membrane is optional, allowing both atmospheric and traditional SEM analysis with one instrument.
The AeroSurf 1500 is ideal for observing high-moisture specimens during the drying process.
Hitachi High-Tech introduces the AeroSurf 1500 at the Pittsburgh Conference & Exposition 2016 (Pittcon 2016), held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, U.S.A, from Sunday, March 6 through Thursday, March 10, 2016.
• SEM observation of high-moisture specimens at an atmospheric pressure without preprocessing;
• SEM observation under a wide range of pressures from low vacuum (several Pa) to atmosphere (105 Pa);
• ES-Corrector equipped for wide scatter signal discrimination and enhanced image quality;
• A compact design (330 mm wide) minimizes system footprint;
• EDS analysis optionally available (vacuum mode).
• Electron Gun: Pre-centered cartridge filament;
• Detector: High-sensitivity semiconductor BSE Detector;
• Accelerated Voltage: 5 kV / 15 kV;
• Magnifications: 15x to 60,000x (Up to 240,000x with digital zoom);
• Observation Pressure: Atmospheric mode (105 Pa) with the membrane Negative pressure mode (approx. 103 Pa to 105 Pa) with the membrane Vacuum mode (approx. values between few Pa to several tens Pa) without the membrane
Max Sample Size: 55 mm in diameter
About Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (hitachi-hightech.com), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is engaged in activities in a broad range of fields, including Electronic Device Systems, Fine Technology Systems, Science & Medical Systems, Industrial & IT Systems, and Advanced Industrial Products. The company's consolidated revenues for FY 2014 were ¥620billion [approx. USD5.4 billion].
About Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.
Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc. ("HTA"), headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, is a privately-owned global affiliate company that operates within the Hitachi Group Companies. HTA sells and services semiconductor manufacturing equipment, analytical instrumentation, scientific instruments, and bio-related products as well as industrial equipment, electronic devices, and electronic and industrial materials.
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