High-Resolution Xe Plasma FIB

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High-Resolution Xe Plasma FIB

Expanded Patterning Capabilities

Up until recently, the resolution of plasma FIB was limited to 25 nm, a fact that restricted its use in higher precision applications. TESCAN has now further improved its Xe plasma FIB by increasing the source brightness resulting in a high-resolution Xe plasma FIB column (HR i-FIB) capable of achieving resolution of less than 15 nm. This improvement has made Xe plasma FIB more versatile extending its range of use into the area of traditional Ga FIB applications. With the new high-resolution Xe plasma FIB column you can complete large-scale milling tasks in unbeatable times at high currents up to 1 μA, and, on the other hand, perform tasks using the smallest spot size for all those applications that require higher levels of precision. This is a significant improvement over the state-of-the-art.   

16th International Foundrymen Conference

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Company Mikrolux, Tescan general representative and Bruker representative, is traditionally present at the International Foundrymen Conference. The 16th Conference, under motto “Global Foundry Industry – Perspectives for the Future” was held in May 15th-17th, 2017 in Opatija, Croatia.

Foundry technology as important industry branch represents the important factor contributing the economic potential of each country. The Conference topics were designed as presentations of the current "state of the art" research in collaboration with industry, and production innovation with the aim to improve the competitiveness.

This international meeting gathered scientists and experts from the foundry industry. Mikrolux was the golden sponsor of the event and besides the booth, our representative had a chance of an oral presentation for all the participants of the 16th International Foundrymen Conference.



2nd Slovene Microscopy Symposium

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The 2nd Slovene Microscopy Symposium took place in the Marine Biology Station in Piran on 11th and 12th of May 2017.

The main goal of the symposium was to bring together the emerging young researchers and the experts applying different microscopic techniques in the fields of life sciences, material science and industry. Beside the presentation of the latest achievements and trends in microscopy, the symposium also provided an opportunity for introduction of research groups and their microscopic methodologies on all levels of resolution, with aims of comprehensive overview of available microscopic techniques in Slovenia and exchange of knowledge between various branches of microscopy and areas of research.

Tescan and its general representative Mikrolux had the booth at the 2nd Slovene Microscopy Symposium and it was a great opportunity to present the news of Tescan’s achievements to Slovene Microscopy Society.


The organizers took care for the good and friendly atmosphere and a dinner on the boat was the perfect touch for the excellent organization.


The Slovene Microscopy Symposium is becoming traditional event. Mikrolux also attended two years ago, so we bring photos with all participants of the Symposium from year 2015 and 2017.



TIMA-X TESCAN Integrated Mineral Analyser

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TIMA-X TESCAN Integrated Mineral Analyser

TIMA-X is an automated mineralogy system for fast quantitative analysis of samples such as rocks, ores, concentrates, tailings, leach residues or smelter products.

TIMA-X combines BSE and EDX analysis to identify minerals and create mineral images that are analysed to determine mineral concentrations, element distributions, and mineral texture properties such as grain-size, association, liberation and locking parameters. TIMA-X can also search for bright phases containing platinum group, gold, silver, rare earth and other minerals.

TIMA-X uses up to four EDAX Element silicon drift detectors and new software to significantly increase both performance and reliability. TIMA-X detectors are a new design that increases sensitivity to light elements and maintains stable energy resolution at very high count rates. TIMA-X detectors are fully compatible with both TIMA operation and EDAX Quantitative EDX systems and allow the user to enjoy the full speed of TIMA-X while maintaining the capabilities of standard-based quantitative analyses. TIMA-X software has many unique features including a new generation of mineral identification tools and low element detection limits using its patented pixel analysis algorithms.
For high-throughput applications, it can be fitted with the AutoLoader™ - a robotic sample loading system for 24/7 unattended measurement of up to 100 epoxy blocks. AutoLoader increases productivity by transforming mineralogy measurement from a batch to a continuous process by eliminating manual sample exchanges and chamber pump-down.

Quorum QuickLok, CoolLok and SEMCool updates

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PP3004 QuickLok - for details see:  PP3004

It si not  just a sample loading system, but more importantly it allows  transfer under vacuum or in inert gas. One of the main applications is the transfer of oxygen-sensitive samples, such as lithium battery  and solar cell materials, from a glove box environment to an SEM or FIB/SEM. For this purpose optional 25852 glove box is used as an transfer interface

PP3006 CoolLok – for details see: PP3006

Offers rapid transfer (using the PP3004) and cryo temperature observation of specimens for SEM, FIB/SEM, beamline or other vacuum systems. This does not replace the PP3010T, which is a full cryo preparation system (with cold fracturing, sputtering etc.), but might be useful for observing a range of solid, non-water based, materials under cryo conditions

PP3005 SEMCool – for details see: PP3005

The SEMCool is based on the PP3006 CoolLok but without the PP3004 QuickLok components. It is designed for cryogenic applications where airlock exchange of specimens into the microscope is not required.

Vega 3 na Institutu za biologiju stanice u Ljubljani

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Na Institutu za biologiju stanice u Ljubljani u petak, 22. travnja, upriličeno je svečano otvorenje instalacije Tescanovog Vega 3 mikroskopa.

Ujedno je toga dana proslavljeno pola stoljeća intenzivnog proučavanja stanica na tom Institutu. Predstavljanje je vodio prof. dr. Peter Veranič, predstojnik Instituta za biologiju stanice Medicinskog fakulteta u Ljubljani i voditelj infrastrukturnog centra Biomedicinskog centra za mikroskopiju.

Institut za biologiju stanice bavi se proučavanjem strukturne i molekularne građe stanice i njihovom funkcijom pri normalnim i uslijed bolesti promijenjenih stanja. Znanje na polju stanične biologije, oprema, in vitro životinjski modeli, pristup ljudskim uzorcima i dugogodišnje iskustvo širokog raspona rada na svjetlosnim i elektronskim mikroskopima, biokemijske i molekularno-genetičke metode, omogućuju rješavanje različitih stanično-bioloških i interdisciplinarnih znanstvenih pitanja.

Svjetlosna i elektronska mikroskopija pripadaju osnovnim metodama proučavanja bioloških procesa na staničnoj razini, te je pomoću njih moguće locirati te procese.

Metode mikroskopije se brzo razvijaju te se stoga otvaraju nove mogućnosti u proučavanju živih stanica i praćenju individualnih molekula na staničnoj razini ili determinaciji lokacije tih molekula u infrastaničnim strukturama



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