The new functions of the Axio CSM 700 confocal light microscope from Carl
Zeiss enable materials scientists to measure large sample areas more conveniently
and use the system more flexibly.
For this microscope, Carl Zeiss offers a motorized scanning stage with a 150
x 150 mm travel range that is suitable for materials research, quality inspection
and routine applications. Scanning stage control is integrated into the Axio
CSM 700 software and allows large sample areas to be captured like a mosaic
with high resolution. This function has been further optimized with a stitching
algorithm so that no transitions are perceived between the single images in
the final pictures. Therefore, results such as roughness and wear rate can be
determined with a higher statistical reliability even with large sample areas.
It is also now much easier to operate the Axio CSM 700 thanks to the new, coded
and motorized nosepiece which now comes standard.
The Axio CSM 700 highly accurately measures even fine roughness on relatively
“soft” surfaces without contact. The microscope visualizes surfaces
three-dimensionally, with high resolution and in true color, and also allows
precise measurement of 3D microstructures as well as roughness determination
in maximum quality. Topographical measurements are performed at more than 100
frames per second. Additional benefits include the reliable detection of height
information with step heights from approx. 20 nm up to the millimeter range,
as well as images with a depth of focus otherwise only possible with scanning
The easy-to-use software provides numerous analysis options, including the
measurement of roughness, evaluation of layer thickness and particle analysis.
Additional functions such as a newly programmed filter facilitate and improve
Furthermore, English units like inches and microinches have been integrated
into the Axio CSM 700 software. Therefore, material microscopy standards valid
in parts of North America, in particular, can be better complied with.