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Bruker Nano Analytics, headquartered in Berlin, Germany and Ewing, NJ, USA, is a worldwide leading manufacturer of systems for compositional and structural analysis at the micro- and nano-scale for electron microscopes and using X-ray fluorescence spectrometers.
As a research-focused company, we invest in the development of innovative products to satisfy the needs of our markets and to give our clients the opportunity to perform their work using the most modern equipment available. Our instruments are used in research, education and a wide range of industries, including chemistry, pharmaceuticals, semiconductor, life science, nanotechnology. Our spectrometry product lines comprise:
• QUANTAX spectrometers for microanalysis on scanning and transmission electron microscopes (EDS and WDS),
• The XTrace micro-spot X-ray source for attachment to scanning electron microscopes,
• The S2 PICOFOX spectrometer for total reflection X-ray fluorescence elemental analysis(TXRF),
• The M4 TORNADO µ-XRF spectrometer for fast elemental distribution analysis.
The products for structural analysis consist of:
• QUANTAX Crystalign, the fast and easy-to-use electron backscatter diffraction system (EBSD) for SEM
• Micro-CT for SEM, the computed X-ray microtomography attachment for SEM
Bruker meets the challenges of nanoanalysis. Bruker AXS Microanalysis is proud to present solutions for its QUANTAX microanalysis systems that allow the SEM analyst to obtain elemental information on the nanometer scale.
QUANTAX X-ray micro and nano-analysis is an analytical technique for determination of the chemical composition of solid samples, thin layers or particles in electron microscopes. Using our QUANTAX energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry system (EDS) it is possible to detect and analyze all elements from beryllium to americium simultaneously. Obtaining elemental information from a sample volume of only a few cubic microns – or even nanometers – and providing relative detection limits in the order of a tenth of a mass percent makes X-ray microanalysis one of the most sensitive analysis methods available.
The QUANTAX family of EDS systems offered by Bruker delivers reliable results across a broad range of applications with unprecedented speed, accuracy and ease of use.
Bruker's unique, liquid nitrogen free XFlash® 6 silicon drift detector (SDD) series together with the state-of-the-art hybrid pulse processor SVE 6 delivers both the highest possible energy resolution and analysis speed, both on scanning electron microscopes and on (scanning) transmission electron microscopes.
M4 TORNADO The M4 Tornado is a versatile instrument for fast and accurate high-resolution analysis of both small and large specimens. Samples require little or even no preparation at all for examination.
Electron backscatter diffraction relies on the effect that a number of the electrons hitting a crystallite in a sample in the scanning electron microscope is scattered on the lattice plains of this crystallite. These electrons, carrying information on the crystal structure, are recorded with a special EBSD detector. In scanning the sample information on its microstructure can be compiled, like crystallinity, present phases, grain sizes, orientations, lattice strain, deformation and many more.
X-ray micro-focus computer tomography (Micro-CT) is a non-destructive experimental technique where the 3D internal microstructure of the sample is virtually reconstructed with micrometer accuracy using X-ray shadow images of different orientations of the sample. Micro-CT for SEM adds a unique capability to acquire and visualize 2D/3D micromorphology throughout the entire sample volume with a SEM.
Superior in performance, compact in size: the new XSense. Bruker’s high-precision wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectrometer for scanning electron microscopes incorporates the latest detector technologies and provides a range of benefits that are hard to beat.
XTrace is a micro-spot X-ray source for attachment to almost any SEM with a free inclined port on the specimen chamber. It adds the capabilities of a complete micro-XRF spectrometer to the microscope. Limits of detection are improved 20 to 50-fold in the mid to heavy element range. Additionally, larger sample volumes become accessible as X-rays have a higher information depth than electrons.
With the introduction of the new XSense WD spectrometer and the new XTrace X-ray source for Micro-XRF on SEM, Bruker is the first company to offer all 5 analytical techniques, EDS, WDS, EBSD, Micro-XRF and Micro-CT, for the SEM. Another step ahead is the new 4-in-1 software ESPRIT 2.0., which seamlessly integrates EDS, EBSD, WDS and Micro-XRF under a single user interface and allows researchers to combine data obtained by these complementary methods.
The Bruker QUANTAX X-ray spectrometer for electron microscopy (click on image to enlarge)