The LVEM5 is a product very unique to its industry. Although the electron microscope has gone through decades of improvement and change - and continues to do so – no single development has changed the face of electron microscopy more than the introduction of the LVEM5.
The LVEM5's benchtop footprint is more than 90% smaller than its closest cousin. And the fact that the LVEM5 has TEM, SEM, STEM, Electron Diffraction and digital imaging makes it a technology to be taken seriously.
In broad terms the LVEM5 can be analyzed from an architectural or functional perspective.
Architecturally, the smallest electron microscope in the world draws on years of research and design, all focused on the elusive challenge that all electron microscope manufacturers have tackled ; “how can we dramatically reduce the size of electron microscopes without compromising function?” The engineers at Delong (formerly of Tesla) utilized out-of-the-box thinking and have designed a TEM no bigger than a desktop PC. More remarkable still is that the LVEM5 not only maintains competitive specifications including nanometer resolution, but actually adds valuable contrast improvements over classical EM imaging.
Functionally, the LVEM5 is a full-fledged, multi-mode electron microscope with a user friendly interface. The LVEM5 includes TEM, SEM, STEM and Electron Diffraction modes so that multiple imaging data can be accumulated for any single given sample at the microscale and the nanoscale; TEM and STEM modes provide internal structure detail, SEM provides surface structure detail and electron diffraction provides detailed information on molecular and atomic orientation. Transitioning between the modes is quick and seamless as are the sample exchange procedures.
The LVEM5 comes complete with software solution for LVEM5 control and imaging. The control software allows the user to manipulate the microscope’s column components for a wide range of functions including column alignment and optimal focusing. The imaging software allows the user to optimize image results by adjusting lighting and digital camera parameters, and also has a comprehensive set of tools for image archiving and analysis.