Automated preparation of electron microscopy samples

Ion gun, electron beam, focused ion beam…

It may sound like science fiction but these are everyday terms for people working with the #AutoTEM application. Although it may seem misleading the AutoTEM is an application running on a special SEM #microscope equipped with so-called ion cannon in addition to standard detectors and a source of electron radiation. Gallium ions are very heavy and their rectified beam thus enables “cutting” into a sample or transferring the cut parts by welding onto a so-called needle. So, the AutoTEM is an application for automatic sample preparation for TEM (transmission) electron microscopes. It is used for the preparation of so-called lamellas (a sample wafer with a thickness of about 100 nm), both in the field of #biology and especially in the #semiconductorindustry. Read more and watch the video

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