BSE Acquisition

With quantitative backscattered electrons (qBSE), it is possible to map the material density and to characterise distribution of phases with high spatial resolution. qBSE is generally applied to flat polished samples, but may also be applied to 3D surfaces when combined with Electron Topography for Geometrical Analysis. It may also be used for phase identification in systems of known constituents. It enables researchers to gain quantitative insights into material properties, such as crystallography, phase distribution, and atomic composition.

The qBSE system allows to unveil atomic number/Z-contrast invisible in SE techniques, create high-resolution material density maps, perform Electron Channelling Contrast Imaging (ECCI) and orientation contrast (OC), characterize hot samples, including those exceeding 1,000ºC, and capture 4k color images for SEM movies.

The system consists of hardware,softwareand selectable options.

Reveal Z-contrast

  • Reveal soil structure and identify mineral constituents
  • Determine variations of content in biological structures
  • Image shape, size and distribution of nanoparticles

Electron Channel Contrasts

  • Identify dislocations, stacking faults and grain boundaries – in the SEM
  • Image crystallographic orientation of grains
  • Map distortions in crystal lattice

Density measurement

  • Image distribution, shape of grains in steels and alloys
  • Measure variations in mineral concentrations in bone
  • Identify phases and measure area fractions in metal matrix composites

Speed up your BSE workflow

  • Navigate large samples with the high speed BSE
  • Align the SEM without switching to SE imaging
  • Minimise specimen charging with high-speed line and frame averaging

Colour images and animations

  • Colourise SEM images with BSE signals
  • Produce high quality images for publications
  • Acquire time or rotation based series for videos

Record in-situ heating

  • Observe crystallisation, recovery and sintering
  • Record growth dynamics with in-situ ESEM
  • Quantify creep and fracture at high temperatures

3D reconstruction

  • Measure surface heights with live SEM topography
  • Discover volume of biological speciments with 3D SEM
  • Obtain microscopic 3D models with 3D scanning