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Posted: Nov 17, 2011

Carl Zeiss Celebrates 10 Years of CrossBeam FIB-SEM Technology

(Nanowerk News) Carl Zeiss Microscopy, a company of the Carl Zeiss Group and leading provider of light, laser-scanning and electron and ion beam microscopes, today announced the celebration of its tenth anniversary of the CrossBeam© FIB-SEM technology.
In honor of the tenth anniversary, a ceremony was held at the Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware, who have acquired an AURIGA 60 CrossBeam workstation. The system is the first major acquisition intended for the University´s new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab), now under construction. When completed, the ISE Lab will house their new AURIGA 60 CrossBeam FIB-SEM instrument and provide nearly 200,000 square feet of space for hands on research and education. According to Dr. David Martin, Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, "This multipurpose analytical instrument is an excellent demonstration of the interdisciplinary research opportunities that will be provided by the ISE Lab. The microscope will be open to use by all members of the University of Delaware community, as well as our partners in industry, government laboratories and neighboring academic institutions."
Carl Zeiss Celebrates 10 Years of CrossBeam FIB-SEM Technology
Showing their pride and joy at the anniversary shipment of the ZEISS AURIGA CrossBeam system (from left: Dr. Michael Rauscher, Carl Zeiss Microscopy - Director of the Product Segment CrossBeam, Dan McGee, President Carl Zeiss NTS LLC, Dr. David C. Martin, University of Delaware - Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, Jim Sharp, President Carl Zeiss Microscopy LLC
"The versatile, flexible AURIGA CrossBeam system has become the most successful FIB-SEM instrument ever produced by Carl Zeiss," said Michael Rauscher, Director of the Product Segment CrossBeam. "We are proud of our accomplishments, and we are proud of the fact that the University of Delaware has chosen to equip its laboratories with the AURIGA CrossBeam FIB-SEM technology and to help us celebrate the tenth anniversary of this pioneering product."
Considered by users as the industry´s most versatile FIB-SEM workstation, the AURIGA instrument includes both a GEMINI® scanning electron microscope (SEM) column and a focused ion beam (FIB) column. The SEM column enables the AURIGA to create superb, high resolution, nano scale images, while the FIB column enables the tool to remove material from the sample by ion-milling. In fact, by automatically combining several images, a complete 3D-model of the sample can be created. Moreover the AURIGA can also be used to deposit material to the sample by means of various pre-cursor gases.
These capabilities make the AURIGA ideally suited for today's materials research with its great complexity of challenging tasks including high resolution imaging, chemical composition analysis, crystallographic orientation and electrical attributes. The tool is also superbly suited for life science research applications, e.g. in the growing field of brain-mapping.
Some of today's most demanding applications being handled by the AURIGA include:
  • TEM Sample Prep
  • nanopatterning
  • 3D Analytics including simultaneous 3D EDS and 3D EBSD
  • analysis of hydrocarbon deposits in shale rock
  • 3D brain mapping and reconstruction
  • and more.....
  • Carl Zeiss
    The Carl Zeiss Group is a leading group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industries. Carl Zeiss offers innovative solutions for the future-oriented markets of Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Eye Care and Lifestyle Products. During fiscal year 2009/10 the group of companies generated revenues of around EUR 2.98 billion. From fiscal year 2010/11 onward, eyeglass lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss Vision will be integrated as an autonomous business group (revenues of EUR 880 million in fiscal year 2009/10). The Carl Zeiss Group now has approximately 24,000 employees, including more than 10,000 in Germany. The Carl Zeiss business groups hold leading positions in their markets. Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkochen, is fully owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).
    Carl Zeiss Microscopy
    Carl Zeiss Microscopy is part of the Carl Zeiss Group. Carl Zeiss Microscopy is one of the leading manufacturers of light and electron microscope systems and offers complete solutions for biomedical research, the healthcare sector and high-tech industries. Its product line spans from light microscopes, systems for laser scanning microscopes and spectrometry to hardware and software for image acquisition and analysis. The charged particle systems include SEMs, FESEMs, TEMs and FIB workstations along with helium ion microscopes. Service and support offerings complete the portfolio. Carl Zeiss Microscopy is headquartered in Jena, Germany. Other manufacturing and development sites are located in Oberkochen, Goettingen and Munich as well as in the United Kingdom and the United States. In the fiscal year 2009/10, the Microscopy business group of Carl Zeiss generated business revenues of approximately EUR 397 million from light microscopy products. From fiscal year 2011/12, the electron microscopy unit will be consolidated into the Microscopy business group which will create a global workforce of around 2450 people.
    Source: Carl Zeiss (press release)
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