ZEISS enhances efficiency in multi-scale and multi-modal workflows

Researchers benefit from faster FIB-SEM sample preparation, more accurate 3D tomography and greater integration in data reporting

Jena, Germany | 02 December 2019 | ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

Materials and Life Science researchers can now experience faster accessibility of deeper regions of interest when investigating samples in 3D. With the new extensions on ZEISS Crossbeam 350/550 and ZEISS Atlas 5, users benefit from improvements in speed and data quality when performing multi-scale, multi-modal studies in additive manufacturing, electronics, battery research, biomaterials and biological tissue investigations on resin-embedded biological specimens.

 

Access of deeply buried structures and rapid fabrication of objects

Researchers who perform multi-scale, correlative studies using X-ray microscopy data to drive FIB-SEM site selections today can further enhance their workflows: the newly introduced, patented LaserFIB on ZEISS Crossbeam 350/550 enables the access of deeply buried structures in addition to rapid, gallium free structure fabrication over large length scales. Users can perform laser work in a dedicated chamber to avoid contamination of the main instrument. A next generation femtosecond laser added to the airlock provides massive material ablation in a short time while virtually eliminating laser-induced heat effects. The new tool is up to 50 times faster for large volume removal than equivalent workflows using a plasma ion source. The LaserFIB can be used to produce structures such as cantilevers, pillars for nanomechanical testing and for sample preparation in the ZEISS Xradia Ultra X-ray microscope. Further applications are the creation of large cross sections for EBSD (electron backscattered diffraction) studies or whole TEM grids with guaranteed gallium free results.

ZEISS Crossbeam
ZEISS Crossbeam 350 laser. The femtosecond laser is mounted onto the airlock, thus avoiding chamber contamination during laser machining.

Enhanced Correlative Workflows, Tomography Data Quality and Interactive Data Environment

ZEISS introduces extensions of ZEISS Atlas 5 for imaging, 3D Tomography and a toolkit for analysis and reporting. Enhanced correlative workflows are now included due to improvements in relocation of regions of interest when guiding LaserFIB or FIB-SEM workflows using X-Ray microscopy data. Users can take advantage of relocating regions of interest faster and more accurately. Once a region has been located, thin & fast tomography takes over. This is a method for tomogram acquisition, slice thickness measurement and improved visualization and data processing with ZEISS’ patented True-Z technology. True-Z measures each slice thickness in turn and reconstructs the tomogram accounting for variability in z slice thickness. This provides greater accuracy for the final reconstructed volume making 3D and 4D modeling more accurate and increasing precision of segmentation when investigating 3D volumes.

Enhancements to a toolbox in ZEISS Atlas 5 now enable each user to analyze, present and share results more effectively than ever. Correlated data of a multi-modal dataset are visible at one glance with simultaneous visualization of up to four imaging or analytic modalities. Storyboarding, the production of curated slideshows and the possibilities of digital education are facilitated by ZEISS’ new Enhanced Browser-Based Viewer Export Module.

These solutions further extend the new paradigm in microscopy advancing sample preparation, tomography analytics and data integrity, introduced by ZEISS earlier this year at M&M 2019, Portland, US.

Enhanced Browser Based Viewer
Enhanced Browser Based Viewer Export Module showcasing a geological application. The sample, a polished thin section of granite, was investigated with multiple microsopic modalities. Sample: A. Gysi, Colorado School of Mines, US
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Vaibhav Sinha
ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions
Phone: +49 3641 64-3949
vybhav .sinha @zeiss .com

About ZEISS

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling more than 5.8 billion euros in its four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (status: 30 September 2018).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future far beyond the optics and optoelectronics industries. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership.

With approximately 30,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 60 of its own sales and service companies, more than 30 production sites and around 25 development sites. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

Further information at www.zeiss.com

ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions is the world's only one-stop manufacturer of light, electron, X-ray and ion microscope systems and offers solutions for correlative microscopy. The portfolio comprises of products and services for life sciences, materials and industrial research, as well as education and clinical practice. The unit is headquartered in Jena. Additional production and development sites are located in Oberkochen and Munich, as well as in Cambridge in the UK and Pleasanton, CA in the USA. ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions is part of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.

Press Contact

Vaibhav Sinha
ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions
Phone: +49 3641 64-3949
vybhav .sinha @zeiss .com

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