Tabletop SEM

In the Tabletop SEM (aka desktop or benchtop SEM) the scanning electron microscopy technique has become easily accessible to many new users and applications. To enable study also of electrically non-conductive materials most desktop SEMs use variable pressure (low vacuum, environmental).

By reducing the size of the system it is has become possible to place the SEM on a table rather than occupying a whole room. Even if the vacuum chamber size is smaller it is still possible to study samples up to several cm:s in diameter and height. Software is simplified to make the system easy to use, also for a non-expert. It is still possible to equip the compact SEM with imaging detectors for secondary electrons (SE), backscattered electrons (BSE) as well as X-ray detection (EDS, EDX) and cathodoluminescence (CL). Systems can be operated manually or automated for applications like chemical particle analysis, gun shot residue, inclusions in metals, technical cleanliness, asbestos detection or quantitative mineralogy.

Frequently asked questions about tabletop SEM