AURIGA 60 CrossBeam Workstation from Carl Zeiss: High Resolution Slicing and 3D-Imaging with Unrivaled Variety of Analytical Options

(Nanowerk News) Today, Carl Zeiss SMT introduced a new family member of AURIGA CrossBeam (FIB-SEM) workstations featuring a large 6 inch stage vacuum chamber and a total of 23 free accessory ports. This results in an extraordinarily high level of versatility and flexibility that has been the hallmark for the AURIGA platform already and now reaches a new level.
AURIGA CrossBeam workstations were launched in March 2009. Since then they have emerged to become the most successful CrossBeam system worldwide. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) based on the GEMINI e-beam column from Carl Zeiss enables users to carry out nano scale imaging of specimen surfaces giving a deep insight to sample topography and composition. A focused ion beam (FIB) acts like a nano scale scalpel, being able to cut into the substrate or remove extremely thin slices of material. With the combination of both technologies users can simultaneously mill the specimen, as well as image and control the processing. Additionally, by automatically assembling images of the consecutive milling steps the system creates a complete 3D-model of the sample (voxel size: about 10 x 10 x 10 cubic nanometers).
 AURIGA CrossBeam (FIB-SEM) workstation
Featuring an extraordinarily big vacuum chamber, the AURIGA 60 reaches a new level of flexibility, allowing users not only to investigate huge samples but also to attach up to 23 detectors or accessories.
The new AURIGA 60 platform essentially broadens the application spectrum of the well established ZEISS CrossBeam technology. Its vacuum chamber is large enough to handle wafers of up to 6 inch diameter, at the same time, the huge chamber offers the capability to attach up to 23 analytical or other attachments for diverse chemical or physical experiments. For example, external imaging and analytic detectors like EDX, EBSD and SIMS can be connected. In particular, the novel workstation permits a direct cryogenic transfer and examination of deep-frozen specimen. The extended range of utilization options is exceptionally useful in multi-purpose environments where several experimenters with different research objects share the workstation. Thus, the introduction of the new system remarkably boosts the flexibility of AURIGA CrossBeam technology.
Besides, the AURIGA 60 CrossBeam workstation is capable of being simply and very flexibly upgraded depending on the overall necessities or budgetary requirements of the user. Thanks to a modular assembly of the system one can even start with a stand-alone high-performance FE-SEM platform which can be upgraded later on by stepwise integration of additional components like FIB column, detectors and a gas injection system for etching the sample surface or deposition of thin material layers to finally have a fully equipped CrossBeam workstation.
Carl Zeiss
The Carl Zeiss Group is a leading group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industries that generates revenues totaling around EUR 2.1 billion (2008/09). Carl Zeiss offers innovative solutions for the future-oriented markets of Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifestyle Products. The Carl Zeiss Group has approximately 13,000 employees worldwide, including more than 8,000 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 SMT
Carl Zeiss SMT AG comprises the Semiconductor Technology Group of the Carl Zeiss Group. Carl Zeiss SMT is one of the leading manufacturers of lithography optics and light, electron and ion-optical inspection, analysis and measuring systems. The company offers a broad spectrum of application and service solutions for the fields of semiconductor technology, nanotechnology, materials research and life sciences. Carl Zeiss SMT AG is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Other sites are located in Germany, the UK, France, the USA, Israel and Singapore. The company has a global workforce of over 2,400 people and generated revenues of just under EUR 400 million in fiscal year 2008/09. Carl Zeiss SMT AG is fully owned by Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkochen.
Source: Carl Zeiss SMT (press release)
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