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Hitachi SU3500 SEM

Hitachi SU3500
Hitachi SU3500 SEM

The Hitachi SU3500 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is our latest addition to the high-resolution imaging instrumentation at the CHTP to complement the Helios 650 Dual Beam.  This will be the facility workhorse microscope capable of high-resolution imaging performance at low accelerating voltage but versatile enough to accommodate a large range of sample composition, size, and weight. The capability of this machine is founded on the new low-aberration objective lens and hex bias technology, large chamber size with a robust specimen stage capable of 8 kg load (maximum specimen size 200 mm diameter & 80 mm height) and variable/high pressure imaging modes (6–650 Pa).

Performance-wise, the tungsten filament emission instrument has the capability of 7 nm lateral resolution at 3 keV for SE imaging and 10 nm at 5 keV for BSE imaging.  Also, this machine is very suitable for imaging non-conductive bulk samples because of its large sample chamber, specimen stage design, and low vacuum mode.  These characteristics also facilitate the imaging of specimens at relatively large working distances (65 mm—resulting in a large depth of field), high tilt angles (up to 90°), and an observation area of 130 mm.

For the user, the instrument operation has been specifically designed for ease of operation, thereby facilitating high sample throughput.  The Operation Guide enables inexperienced users to easily select optimum imaging conditions for various samples and the automated focus, brightness/contrast features are extremely accurate and fast.  Cutting-edge features to establish correlative workflows with other CHTP instrumentation include live stereoscopic imaging and 3D view software, which allows complete acquisition of sample information to generate 3D surface roughness profiles, 3D area views, and 3D images.


For more information about the capabilities and use of this machine, please send an e-mail.

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