The Phenom - The Perfect Compliment to a Standard SEM Lab - Application Note by Phenom-World

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Background
Introduction
Load Balancing with the Phenom
Navigation Mapping in the Phenom
Phenom - the Perfect Compliment to a Standard SEM

Background

The Phenom is a tabletop scanning electron microscope (SEM) which combines the high magnification of electron microscopy with the ease of use of optical microscopy to improve performance in a tabletop instrument.

The Phenom, a desktop SEM provides useful magnifications up to 24,000x, is easy to use as the typical laboratory-grade optical microscopes. The Phenom cuts away the time, difficulty, and expense of the conventional SEM. The operator simply places the sample in the specially designed holder on the microscope. Due to its unique design there is no risk of damaging the lens. The automatically focused image is displayed in less than 30 seconds later, with the resolution and depth of focus typical belonging to SEMs.

Figure 1. Phenom Desktop SEM

Introduction

The ease of use, high throughput, and imaging power of the Phenom make it a valuable compliment to any analytical SEM laboratory. A 30-second load time and intuitive user-interface allow rapid imaging of samples with a minimal investment in user training. The Phenom uses industry standard pin-stub SEM sample mounts, allowing samples to be transferred between SEMs easily. By screening samples, users can reduce workload pressure on existing SEMs while preparing a navigation map for samples that do require further examination in an analytical SEM.

Load Balancing with the Phenom

With its ease of use and high resolution imaging up to 24,000x magnification, the Phenom makes a great addition to a SEM lab. The Phenom allows for rapid sample screening, reducing the imaging bottleneck thus improving lab workflows. Routine imaging can be offloaded to the Phenom to enhance throughput on high-end SEMs. High throughput on the Phenom allows rapid sample characterization by screening out those that do not need further analysis. This capability saves time and wear on your analytical instruments. The Phenom uses industry-standard pin-stub sample mounting hardware allowing for sample interchangeability between SEMs.

Figure 2. Phenom Sample cup and holders

Figure 3. Comparison of SEM speed

Navigation Mapping in the Phenom

The Phenom may be used to rapidly identify and map locations of interest on samples that will need examination in an analytical SEM. The intuitive UI allows for saving an optical overview and low magnification SEM image with location markers thus eliminating the wasted back and forth between an optical and SEM.

Figure 4. Mapping your sample with the Phenom Navigation images can be stored along with your data to provide an easy to follow map for further analysis.

Phenom - the Perfect Compliment to a Standard SEM

The Phenom helps balance the workload on existing SEMs while increasing schedule efficiency. It increases a lab's overall magnification capacity by offloading routine work from the SEM at a cost level traditionally associated with an optical microscope.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Phenom-World.

For more information please visit Phenom-World.

Date Added: Aug 28, 2008 | Updated: Jun 11, 2013
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