FAQs

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Where do you recommend getting consumable supplies?

Our SEM is delivered with a starter kit that includes most of the basic supplies you will need.  However, each application has its own specific requirements to achieve the most optimal sample preparation and presentation of the sample with the SEM.  That said, we are happy to recommend supplies to you that would be [...]

Where do you recommend getting consumable supplies?2017-08-02T13:57:37-08:00

How do Tungsten filaments compare to Phenom’s CeB6 source?

Most desktop scanning electron microscopy systems (SEMs) and SEM systems, in general, utilize a standard tungsten filament that’s readily available in many microscopy consumable suppliers. While it’s adequate for many applications and has been the industry workhorse for a while, there are situations wherein a CeB6 electron source is the better choice. Before proceeding, we [...]

How do Tungsten filaments compare to Phenom’s CeB6 source?2021-04-27T23:46:45-08:00

Magnification or Resolution – which is more important?

Magnification is the process of visually enlarging an object, but not physically. In many instances, it's confused with “resolution,” which describes an imaging system's ability to come up with a detailed display of the object that's being imaged. On the other hand, the distance between two distinguishable radiating points determines resolution. A microscopic imaging system [...]

Magnification or Resolution – which is more important?2021-05-11T04:48:09-08:00

How long does sample exchange require compared to the Phenom SEM?

How long does sample exchange require compared to the Phenom SEM? Our SEM system's have a medium size chamber that reaches its vacuum level in roughly 2.5 to 3 minutes.  It can be opened in about 30 seconds from pressing "exchange" on the SEM's front panel. The Phenom SEM is able to exchange samples [...]

How long does sample exchange require compared to the Phenom SEM?2017-09-23T12:41:47-08:00

What type mounts does your SEM require?

Our SEM comes with a set of sample mounts that use a 9.5mm diameter connection to the sample stage.  However, we routinely convert the base stage or provide parts so that you can utilize your favorite type of sample mount such as Pin Stubs, Hitachi M4 style mounts or Jeol style cylinder mounts.  Our [...]

What type mounts does your SEM require?2017-08-02T13:32:54-08:00